7. Kaylor Navas
Perez-Celedon, Costa Rica
Kaylor Navas was born in a small town in Costa Rica. When he was four years old, Kaylor’s parents left for work in the United States and left him with his grandmother. However, before that, his father brought him to the match for the first time, instilling a love for football to his son – at the age of five, the boy became involved in a football school.
Not far from the hometown of Navas there is an international park, La Amistad. This is a nature reserve, which occupies the territory of two countries – Costa Rica and Panama. You can go river rafting, hiking and bird watching. In addition, about nine thousand plant species and about 500 tree species grow in La Amistad – and scientists are still discovering new ones.
6. Paul Pogba
Paul Pogba’s parents moved to France from Guinea two years before his birth. At the age of six, Fields, along with his two older brothers, was sent to the football academy, where he stood out noticeably from the others and beat opponents older than himself. In the same year, he joined the children’s team, and seven years later he moved to the capital club.
The football player’s hometown is a small commune in the suburbs of Paris, from where a direct train runs from the capital. The town itself is not much can surprise in terms of attractions and entertainment, but in less than 10 kilometres away is Disneyland Paris.
5. Manuel Neuer
Manuel Neuer was born in the German city of Gelsenkirchen. From the window of his house was seen the Stadium “Stadium”, where the players of the local club “Schalke-04” were training – Neuer later found himself in it.
In Gelsenkirchen, you should look at the ancient castles of Berg and Ost, go to the Ruhr Musical Theater and stroll through one of the many city parks. In addition, Neuer opened a fund to help sick children in his hometown — the player pays part of his fees to charity.
4. Luis Suarez
Salto is the second largest city of Uruguay, while in terms of population it is 15 times smaller than the capital. In the vicinity of the city, there is the thermal resort of Fuente Salto, built on natural hot springs. There is also a spa complex and water park. In the city itself, you can visit Jose Artigas Square and Solaris Park, and, of course, look at the statue of Luis Suarez. By the way, Salto is the birthplace of three more famous footballers: Edinson Cavani, Pedro Rocha and José Andrade (world champion in 1930).
Mogi das Cruzes, Brazil
The football player was born in the small town of Mogi das Cruzes in the state of Sao Paulo. Neymar from early childhood loved football, and his first coach was his father, also a professional football player. In Mogi das, Cruzes, industry and the agricultural sector flourish: the city has several large factories and fruit and flowers grow in large numbers, especially orchids. In addition, Mogi das Cruzes is famous for its parks and nature reserves – among them are Leon Feffer and Neblinas. And here you can also look at the Francisco Ribeiro Nogueira Stadium, where Neymar’s father played in the Uniao Club.
2. Lionel Messi
Messi was born in a large family in the third largest city in Argentina. In football, he ended up thanks to his grandmother: she led a five-year-old Leo to the Grandoli amateur club. In 2017, Messi played his wedding in Rosario, among whose guests were many famous football players.
In the hometown of Messi, you should look at the Monument to the national flag, San Martin Square and the Palace of Lviv, as well as go to the Historical Museum and take a walk in the Independence Park. In addition, Rosario is also the birthplace of Che Guevara, so many travel companies offer routes to places that are connected with it.
1. Cristiano Ronaldo
The most famous footballer in the world was born in Funchal on Madeira Island in Portugal. Funchal is known for its large seaport and beaches, popular with tourists. Among the main attractions are the wine museum, the monastery of Saint Clara, the fortress of San Thiago and the Botanical Garden, which features about 3,000 plants from different countries. And in 2016, Cristiano Ronaldo opened the Pestana CR7 hotel in Funchal; in it, grass grows everywhere, like on a football field, and various football trophies hang in the lobby. Next to the hotel is the CR7 Museum, which is dedicated to the Ronaldo awards, which feature 150 awards, numerous photographs, letters from fans, and a soccer player’s wax figure.