This Week's Football Birthdays: May 9th - May 15th
A number of big football stars celebrate their birthday this week. But who's celebrating and how old will they be?
This post shows you which top footballers have their birthday in the next 7 days.
It feels like he's been around forever, but Everton and Brazil forward Richarlison is just 25 on Monday May 9th.
There's no doubting Richarlison's talent, which only makes it more frustrating when he doesn't find consistent form. Luckily for Everton fans, there are signs he might be finding that form at exactly the right time. Can he save the Toffees from a disastrous relegation?
We've shown him here on a CardsPlug Heroes card.
Thibaut Courtois (30)
The Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois hits the big 30 this weekend. And if everything goes to plan, this could be a massive year him.
He's already won the league title with Madrid and has played a massive role in their legendary run to the Champions League final. What's more, Courtois will take his shot at World Cup glory with Belgium this winter.
We've shown him here on a Gold In Form Card.
Frenkie De Jong (25)
After helping Ajax to the Champions League semi finals in 2019, Frenkie De Jong was lauded as Europe's best young talent.
He hasn't done an awful lot wrong then - but if we're honest, he probably moved to Barca at the wrong time. Frenkie turns 25 on Thursday and could be entering a very interesting 12 months.
On one hand, Barca are showing signs of revival under their new coach Xavi. On the other, Frenkie's old Ajax boss has just taken over at Man United. Could a reunion be in the offing?
Either way, Frenkie could be set to make the headlines again really soon. We've shown him here on our Barcelona inspired card.
Romelu Lukaku (29)
Chelsea and Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku turns 29 on Friday May 13th - and speaking of things that are scary, this season has been a nightmare for him.
Lukaku just hasn't fitted Tuchel's vision at Chelsea so far. Rumours of a return to Inter Milan are rife. However, there's also a school of thought that he'll stay at the Bridge and fight for his place.
The big man's starting berth in the Belgium team is probably safe. But in a World Cup year, he'll be desperate to get back amongst the goals. We've shown Lukaku on a Throwback card based on his time at Inter.
Two of the world's best defenders have their birthdays on Saturday May 14th.
The first is Paris St Germain's impressive Marquinhos, who turns 28. The Brazil start would command a starting place in any team. However, he's loving life in Paris and has unfinished business with PSG.
Can he help his side win the Champions League at last next season? The ghosts of their knockout defeat to Real Madrid earlier this year will still haunt him.
For good measure, we've shown him on a Champions League Special card.
Ruben Dias (25)
£60m transfer fees aren't exactly a shock these days. But when Man City shelled it out for Benfica's young defender Ruben Dias, a couple of eyebrows were raised.
Fast forward to 2022 and Dias is comfortably among the world's elite centre backs - thanks to his comfort on the ball, immense physicality and winner's attitude.
At just 25 on Saturday, Dias still has many years left at the top. Don't be surprised if he's seen as an all-time great by the time he's done.
Dias is shown here on our new Team Of The Season card.
Aaron Ramsdale (24)
Talking of great signings, how about Arsenal's Aaron Ramsdale?
The former Bournemouth and Sheffield United man had already forged a reputation as one of the Premier League's best young keepers. But Sheffield United's relegation gave Arsenal the chance to sign him for a snip at £25m.
He's shown exceptional leadership and desire to make the Gunners' number 1 shirt his own already. And if he keeps going this way, a spot in Gareth Southgate's England XI won't be far off.
Ramsdale turns 24 on Saturday and could still have 15 years left at the top. We've shown him here on a Future Star card.
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