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Now and then: Famous athletes playing their sports as kids

Rory McIlroy and company were destined for stardom from an early age.

FOR MOST SUCCESSFUL athletes, the road to the top of their chose sport begins at a very young age.

What better way to celebrate that climb to the top of the ladder than by showing what they looked like on the very first rung?

Rory McIlroy

Now
Image: Eric Gay/AP/Press Association Images

Then
Image: YouTube screengrab

Lewis Hamilton

Now
Image: David Davies/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Then
Image: Formula1onlive.com

Cian Healy

Now
Image: INPHO/Billy Stickland

Then
Image: INPHO/Morgan Treacy

Xavi

Now
Image: Andrew Matthews/EMPICS Sport

Then
Image: Fulannadetal/Tumblr

Tom Brady

Now
Image: Steven Senne/AP/Press Association Images

Then
Image: YouTube screengrab

Kobe Bryant

Now
Image: Mark J. Terrill/AP/Press Association Images

Then
Image: Business Insider

Doug Anderson is very good at dunking a basketball

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