16 footballers you didn’t know were team-mates including David Moyes and Beckham

Such is the nature of football, two players at opposite ends of their respective careers can often find themselves together as team-mates – if only for a brief period.

In two decades time, fans may look back with incredulity that Liverpool ace Harvey Elliott once played alongside James Milner, or Manchester City kid Liam Delap with Fernandinho.

For instance, did you know that Juan Roman Riquelme, who was still playing in 2014, briefly shared a dressing room with Argentina great Diego Maradona?

If not, or even if you did, you've come to the right place, as Daily Star Sport look back at eight unlikely pairs of team-mates, starting with perhaps the strangest two of them all.

David Moyes and David Beckham

That's right, West Ham manager David Moyes and Manchester United legend David Beckham crossed paths at Preston North End in the 1990s.

The Scotsman made 143 appearances for the Lilywhites and was joined at Deepdale by a teenage Beckham, who arrived on loan from Old Trafford.

Goldenballs only turned out five times for Preston, then of the old Third Division, but still managed to score twice, including one directly from a corner.

"We went to watch him playing for Manchester United’s reserves at Walsall," Moyes later told FourFourTwo. "I was player/assistant manager to Gary Peters.

"Becks was a skinny boy and I said to Gary in the car on the way home: 'He’s not going to be strong enough for us.' Gary said: 'No, he’ll be fine.' And he was."

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Wilfried Zaha and Edgar Davids

Nothing can quite top Edgar Davids' brief unsuccessful spell as Barnet manager, but the fact he was once team-mates with Wilfried Zaha at Crystal Palace goes close.

Signed by George Burley in the summer of 2010, the former Ajax, Barcelona and Juventus star made just six appearances for Palace – before quitting two months later.

Zaha was in his first season as a professional during the same season and would go on to play 44 times in all competitions, including six times with Davids.

Kyle Lafferty and Paulo Dybala

Take a second and think of some of the game's most iconic strike partnerships. Maybe you're remembering Thierry Henry and Dennis Bergkamp, or how about Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi?

They're good, but can they compete with Kyle Lafferty and Paulo Dybala? Remarkably, the two unlikely team-mates shared a dressing room together at Palermo during the 2013-14 season.

The two men played together 15 times as Palermo strolled to the Serie B title by 14 points. Lafferty then departed for Norwich, while Dybala hung around until Juventus came calling in 2015.

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Shaun Wright-Phillips and George Weah

George Weah and Shaun Wright-Phillips might seem like two men from different eras of the game, but they were briefly team-mates at Manchester City.

1995 Ballon d'Or winner Weah began his career in 1985 and crossed paths with a teenage SWP at Maine Road shortly before retiring in 2001.

The Liberian forward and Wright-Phillips, who had just broken into the first team at City, played 45 minutes together against Charlton.

Ronaldinho and Mauricio Pochettino

Before taking the manager's job at Paris Saint-Germain, Mauricio Pochettino actually spent two-and-a-half years as a player in the French capital after arriving from Espanyol.

He was joined at Parc des Princes by a youthful Ronaldinho – making his first foray into Europe – a few months after joining.

Ronaldinho's instant impact in 2001-02 and 2002-03 earned him a blockbuster move to Barcelona, and the rest, as they say, is history.

Eden Hazard and Patrick Kluivert

Former Ajax and Barcelona star Patrick Kluivert was team-mates with Eden Hazard at Lille during the 2007-08 season.

A 31-year-old Kluivert played nine games in Ligue 1, but never with the Belgian youngster, who made only four appearances himself.

The Dutchman hung up his boots at the end of the season, though Hazard remained at the club for four more years. He was later joined by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to complete a triangle of unlikely team-mates.

Juan Roman Riquelme and Diego Maradona

Diego Maradona and Juan Roman Riquelme are two players from different eras. Their career timelines stretch all the way from the former's debut in 1976 to the latter's retirement in 2014 – a period of 38 years.

In between those two dates, Maradona and Riquelme, both of whom are Argentina legends, played together at Boca Juniors in the mid-1990s.

Hristo Stoichkov and Ryan Nelsen

Long before the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, David Beckham and Andrea Pirlo dipped their toes in MLS waters, Bulgarian icon Hristo Stoichcov joined Chicago Fire in 2000.

The former Barcelona star enjoyed his time in American so much later that he joined D.C United three years later, where he shared a dressing room with future Blackburn and Tottenham defender Ryan Nelsen.

Stoichkov scored six goals in his one season with the capital club, while Nelsen hung around until 2005 when Blackburn and Mark Hughes came calling.

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