Chris Smalling's career has taken off in spectacular style. Last year, the centre half was playing for Maidstone in non-league football. Currently at Fulham, he has agreed terms with Manchester United and will join the Champions in the summer.
The change in Smalling's fortunes is dramatic, but he's not the first to make the move from real life and non-league football to the top of the professional game. These are some of the best to rise from obscurity to the heights.Reuse content