Top five: Star pairs with the same birthday

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If you want your child to be a superstar footballer in the future, try and plan their date of birth for February 5.

Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar, Carlos Tevez and Manchester United's latest starlet Adnan Januzaj were all born on that exact day – how spooky is that?

But they're not the only star players who share the same birthday...

Andres Iniesta & Thibaut Courtois | May 11

Andres Iniesta, the Barcelona star who scored the winning goal for Spain in the 2010 World Cup final, shares the same birthday as Chelsea's Thibaut Courtois, who could become the world's best goalkeeper judging by his superb loan spell with Atletico Madrid.

Courtois was born in 1992 and is eight years younger than Iniesta.

Lionel Messi & David Alaba | June 24

Barcelona's Lionel Messi, arguably the best footballer of all time, was born on June 24 1987 – while Bayern Munich's gifted full-back David Alaba was born in Vienna five years later.

Sergio Busquets & Gareth Bale | July 16

Sergio Busquets and the most expensive footballer in history, Gareth Bale, will become acquainted in the Clasico between Barcelona and Real Madrid later this month.

They might be birthday buddies – Bale is one year younger than the Barcelona midfielder – but don't expect them to become best mates.

Oscar & Luka Modric | Sept 9

Chelsea's talented Brazilian Oscar shares the same birthday as Real Madrid's Luka Modric, who previously played Premier League football with Tottenham.

Croatia international Modric is six years older than Oscar.

Rio Ferdinand & David de Gea | Nov 7

Manchester United stars Rio Ferdinand and David de Gea were both born on November 7 – although the former is 12 years older.

Ferdinand will end his career as one of the most accomplished centre-backs England have ever produced, while De Gea could cement his status as the world's best goalkeeper in the coming years.

Know of any other stars who share the same birthday? Tell us in the comments section below.

Gareth Bale
Lionel Messi
Luka Modric
David de Gea
Rio Ferdinand
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