From schoolboy to international star, Niall Horan’s journey is celebrated by One Direction fans for #NiallAppreciationDay

It’s that time of year again when the world comes together to celebrate one very special human being… Yep, it’s #NiallAppreciationDay!

What do you mean, you’ve never heard of it? 21 July is officially the day when One Direction fans the world over pay tribute to Irish cutie Niall Horan on social media in all sorts of different ways…

Niall, 21, is many Directioners’ favourite member of the group and they’ve all been sharing why they love him so much in honour of #NiallAppreciationDay. For some it’s all about seeing how far he’s come…

For others it’s that adorable little grin of his…

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But our favourite messages are probably the ones with a touch of nostalgia. Check out this retro snap of the One Direction star – awww!

There have also been lots of Directioners reminiscing about Niall’s very first taste of fame at his debut X Factor audition.

The singer was just 16 when he decided to try out for the show in 2010 and memorably spoke of his hopes for the future, little knowing that he was about to become a part of one of the biggest bands in the world.

‘I want to be like the big names, like Beyoncé and Justin Bieber,’ young Niall said.

‘I’ve been compared to him a few times and it’s not a bad comparison. I want to sell out arenas, make an album and work with some of the best artists in the world.’

Bless! Despite getting a slightly mixed response from the judges following his rendition of So Sick by Ne-Yo, Niall managed to convince them to put him through to the next round.

Guest judge Katy Perry told the youngster ‘don’t let us down’ and it’s something fans have enjoyed looking back at for #NiallAppreciationDay…

 

Watch One Direction star Niall Horan’s first audition below…

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