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Five famous footballers who started their careers late

It is often said that to succeed in sports you need to start playing very early.

In most cases this is absolutely true, but it does not apply to everyone.

From Didier Drogba to Ramires, from Jamie Vardy to Miroslav Klose, here are some of the greatest footballers in history who started playing football late.

In this photo gallery we will see the names of some of the greatest footballers in history who started playing late and reached the highest possible level in the field of football.

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5 famous footballers who started their career late
It is often said that to succeed in sports you need to start playing very early. In most cases this is absolutely true, but it does not apply to everyone. From Didier Drogba to Ramires, from Jamie Vardy to  Miroslav Klose, here are some of the greatest footballers in history who started playing football late.  So in this photo gallery we will see the names of some of the greatest footballers in history who started playing late and reached the highest possible level in the field of football.
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Didier Drogba
Didier Yves Drogba Tébily is an Ivorian football manager and former player, striker, president and owner of Phoenix Rising. Drogba started playing football in Levallois FC at the age of 12, when he traveled to France with his parents. The striker signed his first contract with Le Mans, a team that played in Ligue 2, and was later hired by Guingamp definitely leaving his mark. That season the Ivorian striker was 23 years old and scored 17 goals attracting the attention of Olympique de Marseille, who paid $ 3.4 million to sign him. He was not the Olympique de Marseille for long because the world had understood his talent: it was Chelsea who secured his performances, buying him for $ 32 million in 2004. His successful career became legendary to the point of being considered one of the best African footballers of all time.
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Jamie Vardy
Jamie Richard Vardy is an English footballer who plays as a striker for Leicester City. His professional career began at the age of 23, when he signed his first contract withHalifax Town, where he played until the age of 25. When he played in the amateur series, he carried out numerous jobs including metalworking in some factories in Sheffield. Later he established himself with the Leicester City jersey and even won the historic 2015 English Premier League title under the guidance of the Italian coach Claudio Ranieri. Among his successes we remember the victory of the EPL Best Player award, the title of top scorer of the 2019/2020 season in the EPL and the convocation with consequent debut in the British national team.
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Miroslav Klose
Miroslav Klose is a German football coach and former player with Polish citizenship, who played as a striker and coached byAltach. Klose is the son of a former professional soccer player and a former handball player. Despite this, the will of Klose 's parents was that their son learn a profession rather than devote himself exclusively to sports. However, the passion for football was very strong, so the young Klose occasionally attended the football academy. Klose joined the second team of "Kaiserslautern" only at the age of 21, playing the fifth championship in Germany. His talent led him in a short time to become national and world champion, playing for Bayern Monaco and Lazio.
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Ramires
Ramires is a Brazilian former footballer who played as a midfielder. Until the age of 20 he played for Joinville EC, a third division team, and at the same time worked on a construction site. The following season he signed with Cruzeiro quickly becoming one of the best players in the team, even scoring the last goal of the 4-2 win overAtlético Mineiro, Cruzeiro's rival, in his first derby. He then moved to Benfica where he played an excellent first season and was finally signed by Chelsea. Ramires also played for the Brazilian national team, where he won the Confederations Cup 2009.
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Ruud van Nistelrooy
Ruud van Nistelrooy is a Dutch football manager and former player, who played as a striker and coach for PSV. He started his career withFC Den Bosch, a Dutch second division club. He was signed by PSV Eindhoven only at the age of 22, but it didn't take long to get noticed: he became the top scorer helping the team win the Dutch Super Cup againstAjax. He later moved to Manchester United and then Real Madrid, teams with which he won numerous team and personal awards. He scored a total of 384 career goals and ended his career at Malaga FC.
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