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8 Footballing Legends Who Met Their Idols Whilst Working as Ballboys

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Most footballers have humble beginnings and being a ballboy at the club you support, or even play for in the academy, is common amongst future stars.

These eight footballing greats were all lucky enough to meet their heroes as a kid…


8. Arda Turan and Gheorghe Hagi

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Gheorghe Hagi, the Romanian playmaker, had already conquered Real Madrid and Barcelona by the time he arrived in Turkey to end his career with Galatasaray. Despite being in the twilight of his career, Hagi brought glory to the Istanbul side, leading them to four titles and the UEFA Cup.

Turan came through the ranks at Galatasaray and witnessed Hagi playing whilst a ballboy. The Barcelona midfielder developed as one of the finest Turkish talents during five seasons at the Turk Telekom Arena before moving to La Liga.

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