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Football Stars Celebrate New Year With Their Families in Style

Football stars have been seeing in the new year with loved ones and family across the globe, posting their celebrations to Instagram.

Among them were the world’s two leading footballers, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, who will hope to continue their dominance of the game in 2018.

Ronaldo will have to go some to top a 2017 where he won the Champions League, La Liga, a fifth Ballon D’Or, and became a father to three more children.

Sports stars have been seeing in the new year with loved ones and family across the globeSports stars have been seeing in the new year with loved ones and family across the globe
Cristiano Ronaldo celebrated with his family and his girlfriend, Georgina RodriguezCristiano Ronaldo celebrated with his family and his girlfriend, Georgina Rodriguez
Lionel Messi (left) posed with family and wife Antonella Roccuzzo - who he married in JuneLionel Messi (left) posed with family and wife Antonella Roccuzzo – who he married in June

Neymar used New Year to show his love for son Davi, this picture captioned 'my best friend'Neymar used New Year to show his love for son Davi, this picture captioned ‘my best friend’

His former Barcelona team mate, Neymar, also used New Year’s Eve to demonstrate his love for family, posting a picture of him sat with his son Davi on a boat, captioned ‘my best friend’.

Manchester City team-mates Nicolas Otamendi and Sergio Aguero celebrated togetherManchester City team-mates Nicolas Otamendi and Sergio Aguero celebrated together
(Left-right) The Hazard brothers Kylian, Eden, Thorgan and Ethan celebrate 2018's arrival(Left-right) The Hazard brothers Kylian, Eden, Thorgan and Ethan celebrate 2018’s arrival
Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic looks loved up with wife Raquel MauriBarcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic looks loved up with wife Raquel Mauri
The midfielder wished his followers Happy New Year in English, Spanish and CroatianThe midfielder wished his followers Happy New Year in English, Spanish and Croatian
Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata wore his party prop - a pair of novelty, oversized, golden glassesChelsea striker Alvaro Morata wore his party prop – a pair of novelty, oversized, golden glasses
Liverpool star - for now - Philippe Coutinho smiles with wife Aine and daughter MariaLiverpool star – for now – Philippe Coutinho smiles with wife Aine and daughter Maria
Roberto Firmino, with partner Larissa Pereira, flashing his teeth as they clinked glassesRoberto Firmino, with partner Larissa Pereira, flashing his teeth as they clinked glasses

New Year’s Eve also saw team-mates come together, with Manchester City and Argentina colleagues Nicolas Otamendi and Sergio Aguero celebrating with their combined families.

Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic also kept family close, looking loved up in an embrace with his wife, Raquel Mauri.

Chelsea forward Eden Hazard also saw in the year with family, namely his three footballer brothers – Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Thorgan, Chelsea reserve Kylian, and his youngest sibling Ethan.

The Hazard quartet each posed with a numbered balloon, spelling 2018, while team-mate Alvaro Morata wore his own party prop – a pair of novelty, oversized, golden glasses.

Toni Duggan, Barcelona and England striker, wearing a festive hat and blowing a party hornToni Duggan, Barcelona and England striker, wearing a festive hat and blowing a party horn
Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski wears a classy tuxedo, wife Anna on his armBayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski wears a classy tuxedo, wife Anna on his arm
Iker Casillas shared an arty black and white photo of him with his spouse, Sara CarboneroIker Casillas shared an arty black and white photo of him with his spouse, Sara Carbonero

Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho also celebrated the new year – ignoring newly increased speculation about a move to Barcelona, with Nike briefly offering Barca shirts with the Brazilian’s name on the back – taking a family snap with wife Aine and daughter Maria.

His team-mate, Roberto Firmino, saw in 2018 with partner Larissa Pereira, flashing his extraordinarily white teeth as they clinked glasses of champagne.

Also enjoying a hard-earned glass of fizz was Toni Duggan, the Barcelona and England striker sharing a picture on her Instagram, wearing a festive hat and blowing a party horn.

One player glad to say goodbye to 2017 is Leicester midfielder Adrien Silva, here with familyOne player glad to say goodbye to 2017 is Leicester midfielder Adrien Silva, here with family
Everton's Kevin Mirallas courted controversy by wearing red, the colour of rivals LiverpoolEverton’s Kevin Mirallas courted controversy by wearing red, the colour of rivals Liverpool

On the continent, there were some classy celebrations to say goodbye to 2017 – Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski standing by a pool wearing a tuxedo, wife Anna on his arm. Porto goalkeeper Iker Casillas shared an arty black and white photo of him with his spouse, Sara Carbonero.

One player glad to say goodbye to 2017 is Leicester midfielder Adrien Silva. He is now finally able to play for the Foxes after his registration was submitted 14 seconds after the deadline in the summer.

Silva celebrated with his family, as did Everton’s Kevin Mirallas, wearing a fetching red jacket – appropriate for a man hoping to star for Belgium in the 2018 World Cup.

Besiktas defender Pepe spent New Year with an entire party bus full of friends and relativesBesiktas defender Pepe spent New Year with an entire party bus full of friends and relatives
Barcelona star Gerard Pique was low key with his wife, pop star Shakira, and their childrenBarcelona star Gerard Pique was low key with his wife, pop star Shakira, and their children
Manchester City's Fabian Delph bucked the trend by posing alone in his New Year effortManchester City’s Fabian Delph bucked the trend by posing alone in his New Year effort

Besiktas and former Real Madrid defender Pepe also saw in the new year with friends and relativies – an entire party bus full of them.

Barcelona defender Gerard Pique was rather more low key, taking a family snap with his wife, pop star Shakira, and their children Milan and Sasha.

Manchester City utility man Fabian Delph bucked the trend by posing alone in his New Year effort, save for silver balloons spelling 2018, as he wished everyone ‘good health and lots of happiness’.

Chelsea winger Pedro showed off his colourful Christmas tree with a reserved pictureChelsea winger Pedro showed off his colourful Christmas tree with a reserved picture
Shkodran Mustafi used his Instagram celebration to list his 2017 achievements with GermanyShkodran Mustafi used his Instagram celebration to list his 2017 achievements with Germany
Andres Iniesta's image had an upbeat tempo -  his family posing in party hats and garlandsAndres Iniesta’s image had an upbeat tempo – his family posing in party hats and garlands

Chelsea winger Pedro showed off his tasteful Christmas tree with a reserved picture, cosy with Carolina Martin, his wife.

Shkodran Mustafi used his Instagram celebration to not only pose with his wife and daughter – with London’s skyline in the background, but also list his 2017 achievements with Germany – winning the Confederations Cup and qualifying for Russia 2018.

There was a far more upbeat tempo to Andres Iniesta’s image – he and his family posing in party hats and colourful garlands.

Celebration with family was the theme for James Rodriguez, with young daughter SalomeCelebration with family was the theme for James Rodriguez, with young daughter Salome
Paris Saint-Germain's Angel Di Maria had a table full of guests for a New Year's mealParis Saint-Germain’s Angel Di Maria had a table full of guests for a New Year’s meal

Celebration with family was the theme for Bayern Munich midfielder James Rodriguez – with young daughter Salome – and PSG’s Angel Di Maria, who had a table full of guests for a New Year’s meal.

Shinji Kagawa's unusual effort stood out - he wished  Happy New Year while soaking in a hot tubShinji Kagawa’s unusual effort stood out – he wished Happy New Year while soaking in a hot tub
The Xhaka brothers, Taulant (centre), Arsenal star Granit (right), and his wife Leonita LekajThe Xhaka brothers, Taulant (centre), Arsenal star Granit (right), and his wife Leonita Lekaj
Liverpool striker Dominic Solanke showed little heed of  New Year's football  with a glass of wineLiverpool striker Dominic Solanke showed little heed of New Year’s football with a glass of wine

While many of the celebratory pictures began to blend into each other, Shinji Kagawa’s unusual effort stood out – he wished his followers Happy New Year while soaking in a hot tub.

The Xhaka brothers, Taulant and Arsenal star Granit, were more traditional, taking a picture with their family, including Granit’s new wife Leonita Lekaj.

Liverpool striker Dominic Solanke showed little heed of the New Year’s football by celebrating with a glass of wine and a well-stocked bar behind him.

With a tipple to bring in 2018 was Bayern Munich's Javi Martinez, against a snowy backdropWith a tipple to bring in 2018 was Bayern Munich’s Javi Martinez, against a snowy backdrop
Manchester City goalkeeper Ederson posed with wife Lais Moraes and daughter YasminManchester City goalkeeper Ederson posed with wife Lais Moraes and daughter Yasmin

No rest for the Premier League regulars, however – no alcohol in sight for Manchester City goalkeeper Ederson, who posed with wife Lais Moraes and daughter Yasmin.

No mistaking where West Ham's Andy Carroll and Billi Mucklow were at midnightNo mistaking where West Ham’s Andy Carroll and Billi Mucklow were at midnight
No missing David Luiz either, the big-haired defender showing off his outrageous outfitNo missing David Luiz either, the big-haired defender showing off his outrageous outfit
However the theme of New Year 2018 was family, demonstrated by Franck RiberyHowever the theme of New Year 2018 was family, demonstrated by Franck Ribery

There was no mistaking where West Ham target man Andy Carroll and girlfriend Billi Mucklow were at midnight – he shared a selfie taken with the London fireworks in the background.

No missing David Luiz either, the big-haired Chelsea defender showing off his outrageous outfit, topped off with a silver metallic tie.

However the theme of New Year 2018 was family, demonstrated by Franck Ribery and his sweet snap of him and his family dressed up for a night out.

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