14 footballers you never knew were team-mates – like Joe Cole and James Maddison

Football is a very small world.

Players go on to share dressing rooms with hundreds of players over the course of their career. Whether they pride themselves on becoming football journeymen of find themselves as permanent troops in their respective clubs' loan army, you never know who you will be rubbing shoulders with.

As well as being a small world, every player has the opportunity to suddenly surge through the divisions or even tumble their way out of the Leagues.

Many football fans were left stunned this week when they realised former Chelsea and West Ham ace Joe Cole played alongside James Maddison at Coventry City. So Daily Star Sport has considered 12 more players you never knew were team-mates.

Cristiano Ronaldo and Fabinho

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Many fans grew to know Fabinho when he was the midfield anchor of the swash-buckling Monaco side who reached the 2017 Champions League final. However, Fabinho made one senior appearance for Jose Mourinho’s Real Madrid side in 2013, coming on as a substitute and even contributing an assist for Angel Di Maria in a 6-2 victory over Malaga.

Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema, Luka Modric, and many more starred in a dominant victory for Los Blancos. That is quite the dressing room to be a part off – even if it was only for one match.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Ronaldo

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Very few players have a CV as good as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. He has scored goals for Barcelona, Borussia Dortmund, Chelsea, and Arsenal, over the course of his glittering career.

Yet, many will be surprised to know he was snapped up by AC Milan when he was still a very promising forward within the SC Bastia academy. This transfer saw him share a dressing room with El Fenomeno himself – Ronaldo. Not only did he get to see how good the two-time World Cup winner was, he was even in the dressing room when Ronaldo blew Carlo Ancelotti away with an iconic comment.

Ancelotti accused the former Barcelona and Real Madrid legend of not pressing opposition defenders enough. To which, Ronaldo replied: "What do you want me to do on the pitch, score or run?" What a moment to have witnessed.

Paul Pogba and Niklas Bendtner

Niklas Bendtner was a player known for bringing more drama than goals. However, Juventus still decided to take a chance on him by loaning him from Arsenal in the 2013-14 campaign. The Lord himself played ahead of a young Paul Pogba who was emerging as one of the finest young midfielders in world football.

Unfortunately, Pogba’s excellent ball playing skills did not help the Dane too much, as Bendtner failed to score a single goal in 11 appearances for the Italian giants. This record is made even worse, considering Bendtner also played alongside Andrea Pirlo at the same time.

David Beckham and David Moyes

Now this is one which will leave you shaking. David Moyes has seemingly been in the dugout since the dawn of time, but there was a time when he was a player himself. And it was during this period at Preston North End which saw Moyes and football icon himself David Beckham play on the same team.

Of course, Beckham was still a scruffy youngster looking for his big break in the beautiful game. While it did not quite come at Deepdale, he was able to learn from Moyes himself. While the former England captain did score one amazing free kick for the club, very few would have anticipated the trajectory of his career.

Kyle Lafferty and Paulo Dybala

Paulo Dybala has it all. Breathtaking ability, a wand of a left foot, a World Cup winner’s medal, and stupidly good looks. And Northern Irish international and former Rangers and Kilmarnock striker Kyle Lafferty was one of the first from these shores to get a good look at him.

The now Linfield forward played alongside Dybala during a fascinating season at Serie A side Palermo. Dybala was one of the hottest properties in world football with the likes of Juventus, Real Madrid, Barcelona, and Manchester City courting him. He would eventually choose to sign for the Italian giants in 2015. Meanwhile, Lafferty moved to Norwich City to partner Grant Holt.

Enzo Fernandez and Adel Tarrabt

Chelsea’s £104m man would have been ten years old when Adel Tarrabt blitzed the Championship and fired QPR to the Premier League. Around 12 years later, Enzo was playing alongside the majestical, but fiery Moroccan when he joined Benfica from River Plate.

Enzo has been a steady and solid presence within the Chelsea midfield, but his sumptuous scooped assist for Kai Havertz is a sign there is plenty more to come from the Argentine. If he has even learned 20% of Tarrabt’s favourite skills, then the Blues will have one of the most technically sumptuous players in the Premier League.

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