Artist Reimagines Soccer Players as Toddlers Using AI

There has been a lot of conversation about the use of artificial intelligence in art lately. Some view it as a natural next step in the evolution of art, while others think that it devalues the work and effort put in by real artists. But no matter where you land on the spectrum of the conversation, there is no denying that AI art can sometimes deliver great results.

Using the AI text-to-image program Midjourney, artist and creative director Paul Parsons recently decided to start a fun project—he reimagines famous soccer players as toddlers. The outcome is a series of adorable images that will melt your heart.

So far, Parsons has presented three different batches of soccer stars as toddlers. The first one saw him take on the most famous players of the modern era, including Neymar, Kylian Mbappe, Harry Kane, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Lionel Messi.

The second batch features a selection of high-profile players from the 2000s, including Ronaldinho, Thierry Henry, Frank Lampard, Wayne Rooney, and Didier Drogba.

Finally, the third batch returned to the ‘90s and saw players like Ryan Giggs, Alan Shearer, David Beckham, and Ronaldo Nazario.

If Parsons follows the same pattern, we should see players from the ‘80s and ‘70s reimagined as toddlers soon enough. And we are looking forward to it.