Mini Drogba, Lil Pele, and Bergkamp Jnr: meet the sons of footballing legends who are future stars...
There are many cases in which football runs in the family – brothers Gary and Phil Neville and Frank and Ronald de Boer are two great recent examples. There are lots of occasions where sons outshine their fathers, but this lot have a job on their hands to top their old men...
1: Enzo Fernandez – Zinedine Zidane
One of the most promising players on the list, Zinedine Zidane’s son Enzo elected not to have Zizou’s last name on the back of his shirt at Real Madrid, preferring to create his own legacy. With his dad as assistant manager at the Bernabeu, the midfielder is currently playing for Real Madrid’s C team.
2: Mitchel Bergkamp – Dennis Bergkamp
Once seen at the Emirates being lifted up by Dennis Bergkamp at his testimonial (Dennis’ testimonial, not Mitchel’s), Mitchel Bergkamp recently signed a contract at Dutch side Almere City FC, who are currently in the Dutch second division. If he can be half as good as Dennis, he’ll go far.
3: Daniel Maldini – Paolo Maldini
Daniel Maldini once shot to internet fame when a GIF of him tackling Clarence Seedorf hit the web. Despite that and his father’s position, Daniel is a striker, currently in AC Milan’s academy.
4: Joe van der Sar – Edwin van der Sar
Like his dad, Joe VDS is a goalkeeper, and has signed for his dad’s old club Ajax from the beginning of the season. Ajax are renowned for bringing young players through, and Edwin will hope his son will blossom in Amsterdam.
5: Joshua Nascimento – Pele
Pele’s son currently plays for Santos’ under-17 side, and has understandably attempted to avoid comparisons with his dad – he’s chosen against wearing Pele’s number, and has yet to star in a Viagra advert.
6: Brooklyn Beckham – David Beckham
Having had trials at Chelsea back in January, the eldest Beckham child has recently signed for QPR’s academy – at the same age as when Becks himself signed for Manchester United. What with Harry Redknapp’s exemplary record (!) at developing young players, we’re sure he’s set to succeed...
7: Isaac Drogba – Didier Drogba
Isaac has been at Chelsea since he was eight, and will be hoping he can benefit from Didier’s legendary status at the Bridge – and also emulate some of his dad’s achievements, although leading them to a Champions League victory may be an unrealistic target.
8: Romarinho – Romario
Plying his trade for Brasiliense in, well, Brazil, Romario’s son scored at one of the 2014 World Cup stadiums to make his dad proud, and the young striker will be hoping to continue to do so.
9: Mattheus Oliviera – Bebeto
Many of you will recognise the ‘rocking baby’ celebration, most famously done by Brazilian forward Bebeto at the 1994 World Cup in Italy to celebrate the birth of his son. Making those of us who remember it feel incredibly old, that son is now a professional player – and was recently selected for Brazil’s under-20 squad.
10: Rivaldinho – Rivaldo
Brazil legend Rivaldo spent a year on loan at Corinthians early in his career, scoring 11 goals in 19 league games. His 18-year-old son spent time there between January and May of 2013, but departed “for family reasons”. Still, he’s an exciting talent, as evidenced by the overhead in the accompanying video.
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