18 World Cup Soccer Stars Who Look Exactly Like Celebrities

With the 2014 World Cup nearly a week underway in Brazil, the American sports world has quickly been introduced to a new crop of international superstars. We couldn't help but notice that a bunch of these soccer players -- or footballers as they're known around the world -- look strangely familiar. Here are 18 people on the World Cup stage who have their very own celebrity doppelgangers:

1. French striker Karim Benzema and actor Shia LeBeouf.

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2. Omar Gonzalez of the U.S. and actor Adam Driver.


3. Diego Lugano of Uruguay and actor Simon Baker, of "The Mentalist."

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4. Italian maestro Andrea Pirlo and Sandor Clegane, the Hound, from "Game of Thrones."

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5. English goalkeeper Joe Hart and "Dawson's Creek" star James Van Der Beek.

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6. David Luiz of Brazil and Sideshow Bob of "The Simpsons."


7. Mesut Ozil of Germany and silent film actor Buster Keaton.


8. Angel di Maria of Argentina and German-language author Franz Kafka.


9. Uruguay striker Diego Forlan and actor Bradley Cooper.

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10. Croatian manager Niko Kovac and actor Joseph Gordon Levitt.

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11. Robin Van Persie of the Netherlands and actor Ben Affleck.

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12. U.S. midfielder Kyle Beckerman and College Liberal meme girl.

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13. Sami Khedira of Germany and comedian/actor Sacha Baron Cohen.

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14. Argentinian superstar Lionel Messi and Adam Young of the band Owl City.

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15. Aron Jóhannsson of the U.S. and a young Kevin Bacon.


16. Kevin De Bruyne of Belgium and Prince Harry.

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17. Chris Wondolowski of the U.S. and singer Enrique Iglesias.

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18. Pavel Mogilevets of Russia and the Sprint Framily Plan kid.


Clarification: This story has been updated to note that Kafka was a German-language author, though not German himself. He was born in Prague in 1883, in what is now the Czech Republic.



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