All footballers must train exceptionally hard in order to become elite-level players - but, for some, it's clear that they were born with God-given talents.

From a very young age, these players would make a mockery of their opponents, according to their first coaches and former teammates.

They were blessed with incredible skills, yes, but more impressively they were all assured on the ball and knew how to pick a pass, too.

Of course, they then went on to fulfil their potential at senior level. Many talented young footballers fall by the wayside, but this lot all possessed the dedication to become world-class players.

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