There must be something about this time of year that produces exquisite footballers. In the space of the last 24 hours, two all-time greats have celebrated their birthdays. Micah Richards and Luis Garcia.

Ok, so maybe not those two (but it is their birthdays today, happy birthday guys!), we're talking about Messrs Zidane and Messi.

Zinedine celebrated turning the grand old age of 41 (finally his age has caught up with his hairline) while one Lionel Messi is 26-years-old today. He may not feel like celebrating it, but still.

If that's not enough to convince you that you should try and conceive in time to have your new child born in late June in order to secure their future footballing greatness, it's also Juan Roman Requilme's birthday today! Bloomin' hell.

Of course there is only one way to celebrate these three geniuses at this time of year - cue the video montages of their best goals, assists and tricks! Good times...

Juan Román Riquelme - The Pass Master

Zidane: Top 10 Goals & Skills

Lionel Messi's best ever goals

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