The Biggest Football Player Transformations

Some of the players on this list are nearly unrecognizable.

Players change their style all the time — I swear Neymar is on his 10th hairstyle by now. To avoid the mundane, people enjoy switching it up and acquire a new look from time-to-time. Eventually someone won’t even resemble their younger self and that’s what nearly all the players on this list of biggest football player transformations have done.

Biggest Football Player Transformations

1. Gareth Bale

Gareth Bale was the second youngest player to start for Southampton in 2006.Gareth Bale has come a long way from how he once looked.

It’s almost as if Bale went through a second — or maybe even third — puberty. The man went from looking like a schoolboy who reminds the teacher of last night’s homework assignment to some kind of Welsh God. To top it all off he even added the man bun for good taste.

2. Megan Rapinoe

A young Megan Rapinoe playing for the University of Portland.Megan Rapinoe earned the Golden Boot in the 2019 Women's World Cup.

I honestly didn’t believe the first photo was Rapinoe so I had to go the University of Portland’s website to confirm it was her. She sure has come a long way from college-ball to the greatest in the world.

3. Sergio Ramos

Sergio Ramos has been with Real Madrid since 2005.Sergio Ramos is now the captain and leading defensive role for Real Madrid.

Ramos might have the greatest “glow up” on our list. In the Spaniard's earlier days his skills on the field far surpassed his greasy, gremlin looks. Now he has reached equilibrium in appearance and talent. Hopefully his anger has changed too.

4. Abby Wambach

At the turn of the millennium Abby Wambach was playing for the Florida Gators.Abby Wambach finished her career with two Olympic golds, a World Cup title and in the National Soccer Hall of Fame.

Two decades ago Wambach was tearing it up for the University of Florida. Little did she know in several years’ time she would breaking Brazilian hearts in Dresden, Germany. 

5. Arturo Vidal

Arturo Vidal looks considerably different than his days at Colo-Colo.Arturo Vidal moved from Chile to Europe and has changed quite a bit.

“A picture is worth 1,000 words,” they say. I don’t think I can conjure up the words to describe how drastic this change is.

6. Ellen White

Ellen White started her career in London with Chelsea Ladies FC.Ellen White tied for most goals at the 2019 Women's World Cup.

White was only 16 when she joined Chelsea Ladies in 2005. Give it about a decade and a half and she nearly led England to a World Cup final and tied for most goals scored at the tournament.

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