TOP 5 Sportsmen who met sports legends in childhood and then became stars themselves

Almost every kid wishes to have a photo with a sports stars or get their autographs. Some of them, though, don't even imagine that they will become stars themselves in future. We collected the TOP 5 stories about those sportsmen who met renown sports stars in their childhood and then managed to climb to the top of the sports world themselves.  Michael Phelps and Joseph Schooling Singaporean swimmer Joseph Schooling, 21 years old currently, met his idol Michael Phelps in 2008. That was one of the happiest days in the kid's entire life. Being impressed with Phelps' success, Schooling devoted himself to swimming and started to train hard to become a professional swimmer himself. He couldn't even imagine then that one day he will take part in the Olympics. Moreover, as an irony of fate, Schooling beat Phelps in 100 m butterfly to win the gold medal. Days later, Phelps posted a picture with Schooling and wrote, "'What a race!! Congrats to @josephschooling !!! We've got an updated pic!! Best of luck bro!! I'll be watching!' Mateo Kovacic and Steven Gerrard A young Mateo Kovacic was serving as a ball boy in Croatia when Liverpool visited the country. After the game, Kovacic ran towards Steven Gerrard and wanted to shake the hand of a man, who was famous not only in England but around the world, too. Steven, however, didn't pay attention to the kid, breaking his heart, which left Mateo with tears. Later on, Mateo Kovacic became a professional player and joined Inter Milan. Playing for the Italian side, Kovacic has been identified as a potential Steven Gerrard replacement in 2015. However, Kovacic didn't join Liverpool and decided to make a move to Real Madrid where he still plays. Neymar and Robinho Football experts were predicting a bright future for a kid named Neymar. He was compared to Robinho with the style of play and with the skills he got. Years later, Robinho joined Santos first team and started to score dozens of goals. Neymar, by his side, experienced hard days in his career and decided to move back to his home country and play for Santos in 2010. It was then when the pair started doing some magic together. Moreover, they played for the Brazil national team too. Wesley Sneijder and Frank Rijkaard Sneijder was a little kid when he had the chance to take a picture with Ajax legend Frank Rijkaard who is considered as one of the best players in his generation. Years later, Sneijder became one of the leading players in Ajax himself, making Real Madrid spend big money on his transfer. He has successfully played not only for these two clubs but for Inter Milan and Galatasaray, apart from being one of the captains and most important players for the Netherlands national team. Daniel Carvajal and Alfredo di Stefano Real Madrid started to construct their new training ground in Valdebebas in the early 00's and officially opened it in 2005. As it usually happens with the construction of new facilities, the first stone was laid in an official ceremony, where many football stars of that time and the past were present, including Alfredo di Stefano, one of the best players in the game's history. He was responsible for laying the first stone along with a kid from club academy, Daniel Carvajal. They put a Real Madrid jersey under the stone and gave the start of the construction. Years past, and Daniel Carvajal climbed the ladder of club's academy. Now Daniel Carvajal is a regular started for Real Madrid main team, having won two Champions League titles with the club. Bonus: Mauro Icardi and Maxi Lopez This story is a little bit different from those presented above. Three people feature in this story instead of two: Maxi Lopez, Mauro Icardi and Wanda Nara. Maxi Lopez was playing for Barcelona in mid 00's, and was famous in his home country, Argentina. A young Argentinian boy, named Mauro, had a chance to get an autograph from Maxi. The latter couldn't even imagine that years later they will become friends at first and enemies later on. Wanda Nara and Maxi Lopez were married when she met Icardi for the first time. Icardi and Lopez were friends and spent much time together. However, Nara was not indifferent to Icardi. Their relationship started with a little request from Wanda to buy a new Ipad from the US, which was only an excuse for getting in touch with Mauro, as it was revealed later. Since then, their relationship got closer and closer, and one day Wanda and Maxi decided to divorce, despite having three children. Now Wanda and Icardi are together. And not only in life, but in sports, too. Wanda is Icardi's agent and is one of the most powerful persons in Italy.

Sevilla and Inter eye Tottenham striker

Sevilla and Inter Milan have reportedly shown interest in Tottenham's Heung-min Son. The Evening Standard say Son is a "valuable and popular member of the squad". But apparently both Sevilla and Inter Milan have checked on his availability as he has struggled to cement a first-team place.

Florentino Perez offers three players to Inter

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has offered THREE players to Inter Milan. Florentino hosted Inter owner Zhan Jindong last week in Madrid and among several topics, discussed transfers. According to Don Balon, during a dinner meeting, the La Liga side president raised the prospect of Inter taking three players off Real hands: Karim Benzema, Alvaro Morata and Isco. Zhan had asked after James Rodriguez, but Florentino insists the Colombian international won't leave for anything less than premium price. As for the three players offered, Zhan was lukewarm on the proposal.  

Mourinho: Ibra better than in Inter

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho claims his team's striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic is now a better 'worker' than he used to be back in Inter. "I think he [Ibrahimovic] is even better than when I worked with him at Inter," Mourinho told Sky Sports. "He is more collected, more intelligent and understands the game even better. He is not just a finisher, but is also important when it comes to creating goals. "I think he could play on until he is 40 from a physical point of view," the manager added. Important to note that Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Jose Mourinho have worked together in Inter in season 2008/09, having won Serie A title.  

Bonucci links with moves to Man City and Chelsea

Leonardo Bonucci has been linked with moves with Manchester City and Chelsea in the morning papers after being dropped for Juventus's 2-0 first-leg Champions League victory in their Round of 16 tie against Porto. Bonucci had an argument with Massimiliano Allegri towards the end of the Old Lady's 4-1 Serie A win over Palermo on Friday evening. However, all seems well between the pair now. "It's a shame that we had the incident on Friday," he said. "These are things that happen during the season, I'll go as far as thanking him for raising the emotional tension. "But Leo has apologized and everything has been resolved."

Gabigol’s late goal brings 3 points to Inter

Inter were visiting Bologna in the Week 25 match of Serie A. The Milan-based side needed 3 points to continue their pursuit for the Champions League places. However, to take the victory they had to wait until the 81st minute when Gabriel Barbosa scored a late winner.

Serie A duo will battle for Alexis Sanchez

Juventus and Inter Milan will enter the race to sign Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez this summer, according to Corriere dello Sport. The Chile international is yet to sign an extension on his current deal at the Emirates, which expires in 2018, and his future has been the subject of intense speculation. Corriere dello Sport claim the Serie A giants are willing to match the mooted €45m (£38.4m) reportedly required to lure Sanchez to Italy.

Top 10 Player–Rivals in Football

Football mostly builds good relationships, but sometimes it also creates an even greater rivalry between the players: We have identified 10 of the hottest conflicts between the players. Diego Costa- Laurent Koscielny Rivals since 2015  Actually, many players in the APL cannot stand the Spaniard, but he has a special rivalry with Laurent. During games with Arsenal, Costa always incites him by blowing or slapping on the face. The Frenchman was mad about it and said, “Costa’s aim is not playing, but rather making defenders crazy”. Costa’s poor behavior cost Arsenal a few points. After that, Laurent got mad and decided to take revenge. He finally accepted Costa’s rules. Hence, Laurent began hitting the opponent with feet and ignored Costa’s anger. The latter lost control over himself, and that resulted in Chelsea losing points.

Liverpool eye Porto fullback

Liverpool are interested in signing Porto fullback Ricardo Pereira, according to the Daily Star. The 23-year-old, also reportedly being chased by Inter Milan, has been on loan at Nice this season. Pereira is out of contract in 2019, and is valued at £22m. The 23-year-old defender has made 22 appearances during this season. Note, that Ricardo began playing youth football with local C.F. Benfica, signing in 2010 with Naval 1º de Maio. He moved to Vitória S.C. after only one year, completing his formation with the Guimarães-based club.

Conte eye Dybala

Antonio Conte was at the Juventus Stadium on Sunday to watch his former side beat Inter Milan, leaving just after reported target Paulo Dybala was substituted. Argentine star Dybala has been linked with the Blues in the British press, and Chelsea boss, and was subbed off with five minutes remaining in the 1-0 victory. Dybala has reportedly attracted attention from across Europe after impressing for the Serie A champions. The 23-year-old forward has made 22 appearances, scoring 8 goals during this season. Note, that after beginning his career in Argentina with Instituto de Córdoba, in 2011, he moved to Italian club Palermo in 2012; his performances in Serie A later earned him a transfer to Juventus in 2015, where he won the league title, the Coppa Italia and the Supercoppa Italiana during his first season with the club.
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