Throwback pics: World Cup stars in their youth

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These World Cup favourites from home and abroad will soon be competing for the ultimate prize in football, but were once just little kids 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.

"Little boy, big dreams. #tbt" (<a href="https://ec.yimg.com/ec?url=http%3a%2f%2finstagram.com%2fp%2fayNsglhpet%2f%26quot%3b&t=1519264552&sig=QTUarbVwjuG.vifHnAlivw--~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)
"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=1519264552&sig=1U7gWzabR6rXKxXUxZ.R1g--~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%2fH5ScvGxtmi%2f%26quot%3b&t=1519264552&sig=N0Rr7VBR8GnzmUibZoGMHA--~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)
(<a href="https://ec.yimg.com/ec?url=http%3a%2f%2finstagram.com%2fp%2fTThHyVB7Di%2f%23%26quot%3b&t=1519264552&sig=5HqEBZAVhyFvXFXhdhyuoQ--~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)
"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=1519264552&sig=49qzNAeQgLY1grItSOhyPw--~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)
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=1519264552&sig=BfLMuXau6WpTezakrp0ydg--~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
"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)

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