Wayne Rooney, Robert Lewandowski and Erling Haaland are among the footballers celebrating Christmas

Football stars past and present celebrate Christmas with their loved ones and share the joy on Instagram.

Some didn’t wait until Christmas itself to get their adorable family photos on social media.

Wayne Rooney shared a heart-warming photo with his wife Coleen and their three youngest sons Clay, nine, Kate, six and Cass, four – plus an unsmiling Santa Claus – in Lapland, UK.

Wayne Rooney went to see Santa Claus with his wife Coleen and their three youngest sons

Robert Lewandowski posed with his wife Anna and their two daughters in a festive Instagram snap

Robert Lewandowski posed with his wife Anna and their two daughters in a festive Instagram snap

The Barcelona forward and his family were all dressed up in cool clothes as they were standing by the tree

The Barcelona forward and his family were all dressed up in cool clothes as they were standing by the tree

Meanwhile, Mohamed Salah and his family got a little more comfortable with matching pajama pants

Meanwhile, Mohamed Salah and his family got a little more comfortable with matching pajama pants

Colleen posted the photo to her Instagram first, captioning it “a great day” and Wayne posted it on Friday.

Barcelona star Robert Lewandowski was also quick to tie in with a Christmas family photo.

He was dressed in an elegant navy blazer and a roll-up collar shirt, and was seen with his wife Anna and daughters Clara and Laura, who might be fighting over a gift.

The Polish striker wrote: I wish you a season full of light, love and laughter for you and your family. Merry Christmas.’

However, the photo of Robert and Anna leaning in to kiss was apparently exclusive to her Instagram account.

Liverpool star Mohamed Salah and his family wore their own picture in front of the Christmas tree, as Al-Masry, his wife Magi, and their two children, Mecca and Kian, wore matching pajamas.

Manchester City striker Robert Lewandowski posted a Christmas message on Instagram

Manchester City striker Robert Lewandowski posted a Christmas message on Instagram

Haaland also took delivery of some Julebrus, a popular Norwegian Christmas soft drink

Haaland also took delivery of some Julebrus, a popular Norwegian Christmas soft drink

Haaland also published this photo, in which he wished his followers a happy birthday

Haaland also published this photo, in which he wished his followers a happy birthday

Manchester City star Erling Haaland looked elated to receive a Christmas shipment of Norwegian Julebrus.

The non-alcoholic drink, which is red in color, is very popular with children in Halland’s homeland.

He also wrote in a separate tweet: “Having a Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones!”

Brazilian star Neymar looked satisfied as he celebrated Christmas with his friends and family.

The Paris Saint-Germain star stood in front of the Christmas tree, which was next to a replica of the Eiffel Tower.

And in other photos that he shared on his Instagram story, he showed himself enjoying a meal and drinks at the table, and he also took a selfie with his mother, Nadine Goncalves, with the comment: “I love you.”

Neymar stands in front of the Christmas tree next to a miniature version of the Eiffel Tower

Neymar stands in front of the Christmas tree next to a miniature version of the Eiffel Tower

The Paris Saint-Germain star is enjoying the festive period with friends and family

The Paris Saint-Germain star is enjoying the festive period with friends and family

He took a selfie of himself and his mom Nadine Goncalves with the caption

He took a selfie of himself and his mother, Nadine Goncalves, with the caption, “I love you.”

Liverpool striker Darwin Nunez, who is spending his first Christmas in England, posted the obligatory snap of the family in front of the tree with partner Lorena Manas, daughter Chloe and their son – also named Darwin.

Another player having Super Sunday in the country for the first time is Newcastle’s Bruno Guimaraes who wished everyone a Merry Christmas with a photo of himself, his girlfriend Ana Lydia Martins and their son Mateo.

Meanwhile, Chelsea and Germany star Kai Havertz posed for a ceremonial, non-public snapshot with his girlfriend Sophia Weber and their three dogs.

Darwin Nunez kisses his partner Lorena in a family photo with her daughter and their son

Darwin Nunez kisses his partner Lorena in a family photo with her daughter and their son

Newcastle midfielder Bruno Guimarães is spending his first Christmas in England

Newcastle midfielder Bruno Guimarães is spending his first Christmas in England

Chelsea star Kai Havertz and his girlfriend Sofia posed with their three dogs

Chelsea star Kai Havertz and his girlfriend Sofia posed with their three dogs

Steven Gerrard posted a festive photo with his son Leo in his Liverpool-style bedroom

Steven Gerrard posted a festive photo with his son Leo in his Liverpool-style bedroom

Paris Saint-Germain defender Sergio Ramos gives a thumbs up in his position on Christmas Eve

Paris Saint-Germain defender Sergio Ramos gives a thumbs up in his position on Christmas Eve

Mauricio Pochettino shared a photo on Instagram of him having a family meal out

Mauricio Pochettino shared a photo on Instagram of him having a family meal out

Mauricio Pochettino, after his duties as World Cup pundit ended, shared a photo from a night out with his family.

Meanwhile, Jesse Lingard has posted four pictures of himself with the young Nottingham Forest fans he met during a trip to the hospital and in a meaningful message he wrote: “Happiness does not come from what we get, but from what we give.”

Chelsea defender Reece James spent the day with children’s charity Barnados and spending time with the families they work with.

The former Liverpool midfielder and Sky Sports pundit celebrated Christmas with his family including Swedish wife Frida Andersson and hinted he might be spending it in the Scandinavian country where he spread their flag and wrote “Merry Christmas” in Swedish.

Jesse Lingard has visited children in hospital to give Nottingham Forest themed gifts

Jesse Lingard has visited children in hospital to give Nottingham Forest themed gifts

Reece James spent the day with children's charity Barnados and the charities they work with

Reece James spent the day with children’s charity Barnados and the charities they work with

Jamie Redknapp celebrates Christmas with family including Swedish wife Frida Andersson

Jamie Redknapp celebrates Christmas with family including Swedish wife Frida Andersson

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