The Rundown

February 5: The day of countless footballer birthdays

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?

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Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo - Real Madrid and Portugal

Neymar

Neymar - Barcelona and Brazil

Adnan Januzaj

Adnan Januzaj - Manchester United

Carlos Tevez

Carlos Tevez - Juventus and Argentina

Vedran Corluka

Vedran Corluka - Lokomotic Moscow and Croatia, formerly of Tottenham

Rodrigo Palacio

Rodrigo Palacio - Inter Milan and Argentina

Giulio Donati

Giulio Donati - Bayer Leverkusen and Italy

Loris Nery

Loris Nery - Valenciennes and France

Stefan de Vrij

Stefan de Vrij - Feyenoord and the Netherlands

Manuel Fernandes

Manuel Fernandes - Besiktas and Portugal, formerly of Everton and Portsmouth

Robert Zulj

Robert Zulj - Red Bull Salzburg and Austria

Jordan Rhodes

Jordan Rhodes - Blackburn Rovers and Scotland

Billy Sharp

Billy Sharp - Southampton, on loan at Doncaster

Ludovic Sylvestre

Ludovic Sylvestre - Caykur Rizespor, formerly of Blackpool