Throwback pics: World Cup stars in their youth

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These World Cup favorites from home and abroad will soon be competing for the ultimate prize in soccer, but were once just little dudes with big dreams. Take a look at these famous players as youngsters, try to guess their identity and click to the next slide to see if you are correct.
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"A pic this classic couldn't wait for Throwback Thursday!! #meanddad #truckerhat #'Tash #circa91" (<a href="https://ec.yimg.com/ec?url=http%3a%2f%2finstagram.com%2fp%2fYNc_Y4S7pL%2f%26quot%3b&t=1529441117&sig=ZzEhwEy84blRLwT5OJrtWQ--~D rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Instagram" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Instagram</a>)
World Cup stars in their youth
"A pic this classic couldn't wait for Throwback Thursday!! #meanddad #truckerhat #'Tash #circa91" (Instagram)
Goalkeeper Tim Howard (L) of the U.S. men's national soccer team jokes with teammates during a team training session in Harrison, New Jersey, May 30, 2014. (REUTERS/Mike Segar)
Tim Howard
Goalkeeper Tim Howard (L) of the U.S. men's national soccer team jokes with teammates during a team training session in Harrison, New Jersey, May 30, 2014. (REUTERS/Mike Segar)
"#throwback #Bluesuitstunting #beatlescut" (<a href="https://ec.yimg.com/ec?url=http%3a%2f%2finstagram.com%2fp%2fazMnAXwRYs%2f%23%26quot%3b&t=1529441117&sig=cmeoWZFhMTnh9Tv44VF_9A--~D rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Instagram" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Instagram</a>)
World Cup stars in their youth
"#throwback #Bluesuitstunting #beatlescut" (Instagram)
Kyle Beckerman #15 of United States looks on before the match against Turkey during an international friendly match at Red Bull Arena on June 1, 2014 in Harrison, New Jersey. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
Kyle Beckerman
Kyle Beckerman #15 of United States looks on before the match against Turkey during an international friendly match at Red Bull Arena on June 1, 2014 in Harrison, New Jersey. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
"The beginning! #soccer #passion" (<a href="https://ec.yimg.com/ec?url=http%3a%2f%2finstagram.com%2fp%2fNVA5tju8WM%2f%26quot%3b&t=1529441117&sig=RAbbAB6xZG5mw_P8dnZi9w--~D rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Instagram" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Instagram</a>)
World Cup stars in their youth
"The beginning! #soccer #passion" (Instagram)
Geoff Cameron of the U.S. is seen before a friendly soccer match against Azerbaijan in San Francisco, California May 27, 2014. (REUTERS/Stephen Lam)
Geoff Cameron
Geoff Cameron of the U.S. is seen before a friendly soccer match against Azerbaijan in San Francisco, California May 27, 2014. (REUTERS/Stephen Lam)
It's not too tough to identify the U.S. star who made this pretty accurate prediction in his high school year book. (<a href="https://ec.yimg.com/ec?url=http%3a%2f%2finstagram.com%2fp%2fa_kuqGnb-_%2f%26quot%3b&t=1529441117&sig=7HKPspSjhZ5VXllTvvJwUA--~D rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Instagram" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Instagram</a>)
World Cup stars in their youth
It's not too tough to identify the U.S. star who made this pretty accurate prediction in his high school year book. (Instagram)
Clint Dempsey of the U.S. celebrates after scoring their first goal during their 2014 World Cup Group G soccer match against Ghana at the Dunas arena in Natal June 16, 2014. REUTERS/Toru Hanai (BRAZIL - Tags: SOCCER SPORT WORLD CUP TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) TOPCUP
Clint Dempsey of the U.S. celebrates after scoring their first goal during their 2014 World Cup Group G soccer match against Ghana at the Dunas arena in Natal
Clint Dempsey of the U.S. celebrates after scoring their first goal during their 2014 World Cup Group G soccer match against Ghana at the Dunas arena in Natal June 16, 2014. REUTERS/Toru Hanai (BRAZIL - Tags: SOCCER SPORT WORLD CUP TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) TOPCUP
Can you guess which American player posted this photo of himself with the hashtags: "#universalsoccerpose #deepv"? (<a href="https://ec.yimg.com/ec?url=http%3a%2f%2finstagram.com%2fp%2fY2XFB6y433%2f%26quot%3b&t=1529441117&sig=8CRA2Bp_QpxfMTmeXoDzBQ--~D rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Instagram" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Instagram</a>)
World Cup stars in their youth
Can you guess which American player posted this photo of himself with the hashtags: "#universalsoccerpose #deepv"? (Instagram)
"How about this look you were rocking way back in the day??" (<span>Twitter</span>)
World Cup stars in their youth
"How about this look you were rocking way back in the day??" (Twitter)
DeMarcus Beasley of the United States works during their training session at Sao Paulo FC on June 10, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
DeMarcus Beasley
DeMarcus Beasley of the United States works during their training session at Sao Paulo FC on June 10, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
"#tbt to my goalkeeper days! #shortkeeper #watchoutgspurning #seattlelove" (<a href="https://ec.yimg.com/ec?url=http%3a%2f%2finstagram.com%2fp%2fg_gDleGGGp%2f%26quot%3b&t=1529441117&sig=hyBKyroTdrrLndG.YgoaJQ--~D rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Instagram" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Instagram</a>)
World Cup stars in their youth
"#tbt to my goalkeeper days! #shortkeeper #watchoutgspurning #seattlelove" (Instagram)
"#TBT Love this time of year n really miss being young looking for Santa out the window" (<a href="https://ec.yimg.com/ec?url=http%3a%2f%2finstagram.com%2fp%2fSnrHVuGXwD%2f%23%26quot%3b&t=1529441117&sig=BJDm.yUoHmrhONnbbK.DGw--~D rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Instagram" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Instagram</a>)
World Cup stars in their youth
"#TBT Love this time of year n really miss being young looking for Santa out the window" (Instagram)
Born in Iceland, this U.S. striker is shown here graduating from the IMG Academy in Florida. (<a href="https://ec.yimg.com/ec?url=http%3a%2f%2finstagram.com%2fp%2fg_XeD0JYeY%2f%26quot%3b&t=1529441117&sig=inbp8zSNA_JrpkKseWt7hg--~D rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Instagram" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Instagram</a>)
World Cup stars in their youth
Born in Iceland, this U.S. striker is shown here graduating from the IMG Academy in Florida. (Instagram)
Guess the defender who posted this baby pic as his "first #tbt". (<a href="https://ec.yimg.com/ec?url=http%3a%2f%2finstagram.com%2fp%2fYRDSKTO4zE%2f%26quot%3b&t=1529441117&sig=n242x5Oi9fmm7CpxuPIcoA--~D rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Instagram" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Instagram</a>)
World Cup stars in their youth
Guess the defender who posted this baby pic as his "first #tbt". (Instagram)
Omar Gonzalez of the United States poses during the Official FIFA World Cup 2014 portrait session on June 9, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Dennis Grombkowski/FIFA via Getty Images)
Omar Gonzalez
Omar Gonzalez of the United States poses during the Official FIFA World Cup 2014 portrait session on June 9, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Dennis Grombkowski/FIFA via Getty Images)
This goalie has been on the bench so far in theWorld Cup but has 14 caps for the U.S. national team. (<a href="https://ec.yimg.com/ec?url=http%3a%2f%2finstagram.com%2fp%2fd3NtPiKY-B%2f%26quot%3b&t=1529441117&sig=gl6t79Lfb3yb3jDPAGmEhw--~D rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Instagram" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Instagram</a>)
World Cup stars in their youth
This goalie has been on the bench so far in theWorld Cup but has 14 caps for the U.S. national team. (Instagram)
U.S. goal keeper Nick Rimando (1) during the second half of an international friendly soccer match against Mexico Wednesday, April 2, 2014, in Glendale, Ariz. The game ended in a 2-2 draw. (AP Photo/Rock Scuteri)
U.S. goal keeper Nick Rimando (1) during the second half of an international friendly soccer match against Mexico Wednesday, April 2, 2014, in Glendale, Ariz. The game ended in a 2-2 draw. (AP Photo/Rock Scuteri)
U.S. goal keeper Nick Rimando (1) during the second half of an international friendly soccer match against Mexico Wednesday, April 2, 2014, in Glendale, Ariz. The game ended in a 2-2 draw. (AP Photo/Rock Scuteri)
"Little boy, big dreams. #tbt" (<a href="https://ec.yimg.com/ec?url=http%3a%2f%2finstagram.com%2fp%2fayNsglhpet%2f%26quot%3b&t=1529441117&sig=HPmE3yDs8pPNR2_mq6Q3RQ--~D rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Instagram" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Instagram</a>)
World Cup stars in their youth
"Little boy, big dreams. #tbt" (Instagram)
Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal reacts during the FIFA 2014 World Cup Qualifier Play-off Second Leg match between Sweden and Portugal at Friends Arena on November 19, 2013 in Stockholm, Sweden. (Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images)
Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal reacts during the FIFA 2014 World Cup Qualifier Play-off Second Leg match between Sweden and Portugal at Friends Arena on November 19, 2013 in Stockholm, Sweden. (Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images)
(<a href="https://ec.yimg.com/ec?url=http%3a%2f%2finstagram.com%2fp%2fH5ScvGxtmi%2f%26quot%3b&t=1529441117&sig=FuMzUn7nZB.3bRZrFypd8A--~D rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Instagram" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Instagram</a>)
World Cup stars in their youth
(Instagram)
Brazil's Neymar celebrates with the trophy after winning their Confederations Cup final soccer match against Spain at the Estadio Maracana in Rio de Janeiro June 30, 2013. (REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach)
Neymar
Brazil's Neymar celebrates with the trophy after winning their Confederations Cup final soccer match against Spain at the Estadio Maracana in Rio de Janeiro June 30, 2013. (REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach)
"Throwback Thursday - Here's one of my old school pictures, I'm aged 12 here!" (<a href="https://ec.yimg.com/ec?url=http%3a%2f%2finstagram.com%2fp%2fm5QGOxTLrQ%2f%23%26quot%3b&t=1529441117&sig=8xBnTOFrKzuavZSiUZ3iIg--~D rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Instagram" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Instagram</a>)
World Cup stars in their youth
"Throwback Thursday - Here's one of my old school pictures, I'm aged 12 here!" (Instagram)
England's Wayne Rooney is seen during his team's international friendly soccer match against Honduras ahead of the 2014 World Cup in Miami, June 7, 2014. (REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay)
Wayne Rooney
England's Wayne Rooney is seen during his team's international friendly soccer match against Honduras ahead of the 2014 World Cup in Miami, June 7, 2014. (REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay)
(<a href="https://ec.yimg.com/ec?url=http%3a%2f%2finstagram.com%2fp%2fTThHyVB7Di%2f%23%26quot%3b&t=1529441117&sig=c6N2cguimMPs.mvxWYBC5A--~D rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Instagram" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Instagram</a>)
World Cup stars in their youth
(Instagram)
Oscar of Brazil in action during the FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013 Group A match between Brazil and Mexico at Castelao on June 19, 2013 in Fortaleza, Brazil. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
Oscar
Oscar of Brazil in action during the FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013 Group A match between Brazil and Mexico at Castelao on June 19, 2013 in Fortaleza, Brazil. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
"Throwback Thursday - Here's one of my old school pictures, I'm aged 12 here!" (<a href="https://ec.yimg.com/ec?url=http%3a%2f%2finstagram.com%2fp%2fm5QGOxTLrQ%2f%23%26quot%3b&t=1529441117&sig=8xBnTOFrKzuavZSiUZ3iIg--~D rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Instagram" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Instagram</a>)
World Cup stars in their youth
"Throwback Thursday - Here's one of my old school pictures, I'm aged 12 here!" (Instagram)
England's Wayne Rooney is seen during his team's international friendly soccer match against Honduras ahead of the 2014 World Cup in Miami, June 7, 2014. (REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay)
Wayne Rooney
England's Wayne Rooney is seen during his team's international friendly soccer match against Honduras ahead of the 2014 World Cup in Miami, June 7, 2014. (REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay)
(<a href="https://ec.yimg.com/ec?url=http%3a%2f%2finstagram.com%2fp%2fTThHyVB7Di%2f%23%26quot%3b&t=1529441117&sig=c6N2cguimMPs.mvxWYBC5A--~D rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Instagram" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Instagram</a>)
World Cup stars in their youth
(Instagram)
Oscar of Brazil in action during the FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013 Group A match between Brazil and Mexico at Castelao on June 19, 2013 in Fortaleza, Brazil. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
Oscar
Oscar of Brazil in action during the FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013 Group A match between Brazil and Mexico at Castelao on June 19, 2013 in Fortaleza, Brazil. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

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