Football leads to fame, and fame leads to the becoming of a celebrity.

For some footballers, that has been the case. Throughout the history of football many players have become celebrities, not just to football fans, but to common-folk all across the world.

Today, people from America to Asia to Europe to Africa know the names of the most famous footballers, whether it is because of their performances on the pitch or because of off the field endorsements that the players have received.

Many of these footballers gain fame on the pitch, and then become celebrities by being a part of Hollywood, or being endorsed by products that have nothing to do with football whatsoever.

These players have become household names, so that your mother's, friend's, sister's, niece knows who these players are.

So here are five celebrity footballers.

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