February 5, as it turns out, is a very special day on the modern football calendar.
A large number of fans would instantly reply “yes, because it’s Cristiano Ronaldo’s birthday!”.
And they’d be on the right tracks. But there’s more to this particular date than just Ballon d’Or winner CR7. In fact, no fewer than 14 known players across Europe are a year older today.
Over 20 professional footballers at a high level of the game share February 5 as a birthday, in total, so join us in wishing many happy returns to all of them!
Here, in case you were wondering, are the 14 many fans stand a strong chance of at least having heard of – and Ronaldo finds himself in some star-studded birthday company.
It's surely just a coincidence. Or is it?
Neymar - Barcelona and Brazil
Adnan Januzaj - Manchester United
Carlos Tevez - Juventus and Argentina
Vedran Corluka - Lokomotic Moscow and Croatia, formerly of Tottenham
Rodrigo Palacio - Inter Milan and Argentina
Giulio Donati - Bayer Leverkusen and Italy
Loris Nery - Valenciennes and France
Stefan de Vrij - Feyenoord and the Netherlands
Robert Zulj - Red Bull Salzburg and Austria
Jordan Rhodes - Blackburn Rovers and Scotland
Billy Sharp - Southampton, on loan at Doncaster
Ludovic Sylvestre - Caykur Rizespor, formerly of Blackpool