The adorable children of World Cup players

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The adorable children of World Cup players

Netherlands forward Dirk Kuyt kisses his child in 2012.

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Shakira and Gerard Pique, defender for Spain, with their son Milan in 2013.

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Spain defender Sergio Ramos and Pilar Rubio with son Sergio in 2014.

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Wesley Sneijder, Netherlands midfielder, with his partner Yolanthe Cabau van Kasbergen and son Jessey in 2012.

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Netherlands midfielder Wesley Sneijder holds his son Jessey with Dutch model Yolanthe Cabau in 2010.

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Dutch Midfielder Wesley Sneijder ties his son Jessey's shoes on May 18, 2012.

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Netherlands midfielder Wesley Sneijder and his son in 2010.

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Spain midfielder Andres Iniesta and daughter Valeria in 2013.

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Spain midfielder Cesc Fabregas with his daughter in 2014.

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Netherlands forward Dirk Kuyt (L) celebrates with his daughter after the UEFA Euro 2008. 

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Netherlands forward Klaas-Jan Huntelaar of Schalke walks off the pitch with his two sons in 2013.

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Netherlands goalkeeper Michel Vorm with his son Jaivy Waylon and partner Daisy in 2012.

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Netherlands midfielder Arjen Robben (L) and his son Luka, and German forward Miroslav Klose (R) with his twins Luan and Noah in 2011 in Munich, Germany.

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Belgium defender Daniel Van Buyten (L) with children Lou-Ann and Lee-Roy and Arjen Robben, Netherlands midfielder, with children Luka and Lynn in 2014.

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Arjen Robben, midfielder of Netherlands, celebrates with his children Kai, Luka and Lynn in 2014.

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Spain forward David Villa embraces his daughters in 2011.

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Goalkeeper Tim Krul of Netherlands celebrates on the pitch with his daughter in 2014.

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Netherland midfielder Nigel de Jong with his partner Winonah de Jong-Leefland and his children Kyan and Isaura in 2012.

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German forward Lukas Podolski is seen with his wife Monika and son Louis in 2011.

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Netherlands forward Robin van Persie holds his daughter, Dina Layla van Persie during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil.

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German forward Lukas Podolski and his son Louis in 2012. 

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Netherlands forward Robin van Persie carries his daughter Dina Layla in 2012.

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Fernando Torres, forward of Spain, with his daughter Nora Torres in 2012.

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Brazil forward Neymar with his son Davi Lucca (L) and Lionel Messi, forward of Argentina, with his son Thiago in 2013.

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Argentina forward Lionel Messi holds his son Thiago in 2013.

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England forward Wayne Rooney kisses his son Kai before a training session at the England pre-World Cup Training Camp in 2014.

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Argentina defender Martin Demichelis poses with his son in 2014.

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Argentina forward Sergio Aguero holds his son Benjamin in 2012.

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Australia forward Tim Cahill of Everton pictured with his son in 2010.

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French defender Patrice Evra stands with his son Lenny in 2013.

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Brazil player Neymar holds his son Davi Lucca in 2012.

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Didier Drogba, forward of Ivory Coast, and son Isaac in 2014 in London, England.

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Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugal forward, kisses his son Cristiano Ronaldo Junior in 2014.

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Uruguay forward Luis Suárez with wife and family in 2014.

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Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon with his family in 2013.

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Italy midfielder Andrea Pirlo and his family in 2013. 

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Spain goalkeeper Iker Casillas with his son, Martin, in 2014.

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With the World Cup underway, the players of the world's most popular sport have captivated audiences with their fancy footwork and incredible skills. Although the United States is a rare exception, soccer players are considered celebrities in their home and club countries. They attend charity events, draw crowds at nightclubs and are stalked by the paparazzi. They also have their pick of women, leading to some of the hottest wives and girlfriends.

It is very easy to forget that many of these men play another important role off the field -- father. When they're not scoring goals, they're living normal lives and spending time with their families. The children of players are often seen cheering on their dads in the stands during matches. No matter what team they're rooting for, they're all as cute as can be.

Even though World Cup players have extremely busy schedules, they take their jobs as fathers very seriously. Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo said, "My family comes first -- my son is the most important thing in my life."

FIFA itself does not make rules about whether or not players' families can attend the World Cup. That is up to discretion of individual countries or the families themselves. According toFIFA Moment, the Technical Committee of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) told the Nigerian team manager not to allow players to bring their wives and girlfriends to the World Cup because, according to the committee, the team is "not yet matured for such habits." Ultimately, Coach Stephen Keshi let the players bring wives but not girlfriends.

U.S. Men's National Team goalie Tim Howard's wife Laura cheered on her husband from home for the 2010 World Cup. Laura told the Commercial Appeal that she had stayed behind because of her children. At the time, they were only three and four years old.

"We had our tickets booked, we were all set to go, then we decided they were just too young to go that far," Laura said. "We didn't want him to have to worry about his family."

For others, bringing their children to the World Cup is a question of security. England manager Roy Hodgson encouraged players to bring their wives and families to their June World Cup training camp in Miami, but he gave them the choice to bring them to Brazil.

"It will be up to the players to decide, presumably around the games more than anything else if they want to bring their wives there, Hodgson told ESPN. "There are issues. There are no doubts about that and I think it's important that they understand what issues there are likely to be, in terms of security, in terms of their wives coming."

Whether they're cheering their dads on from the stands in Brazil or their couch at home, the children of World Cup players are surely the most adorable fans in existence.
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