5 siblings who represented different countries in football
- 5 International footballers and siblings who played for different countries...
There are many iconic footballing brothers who have represented their country with aplomb such as Gary and Phil Neville, Brian and Micheal Laudrup and Frank and Ronald De Boer and more recently Eden and Thorgan Hazard.
But there have been many pairs of brothers who have represented different countries because of the FIFA eligibility criteria, talent or simply because they felt more attached to a different country.
In this list, we look at five siblings who represented different countries in International Football.
#5 Mathias Pogba, Florentin Pogba (Guinea) and Paul Pogba (France)
The case of the three Pogba brothers is well advertised and known. Florentin Pogba is a defender for AS Saint-Etienne in France. After beginning his youth career in Spain with Celta Vigo he made a move to Sedan then in the French third tier. He moved to AS Saint Etienne and represented France U-20s before being called up to Guinea duty for whom he has appeared 20 times.
Florentin admitted in an interview that he chose not to play for France at the senior level because he had always dreamed of playing for Guinea as a little boy. He realised his dream when he was picked for the African country.
His twin brother -- Mathias -- is a forward at Sparta Rotterdam and has spent most of his career in the UK apart from a brief spell at Pescara in Italy. He moved to the Dutch side last season and has played three times for the Guinea National team.
Paul Pogba is Manchester United's record signing and returned to the club after he left them on a free transfer and spent four years at Juventus in Italy. Pogba is considered a versatile central midfielder whose strength lies in driving in from the deep with or without the ball to create space and chances. He is a France regular having played 49 times for Les Blues since 2013. Pogba progressed naturally from the youth sides to the national side.
Paul was also born in France and was hailed as one of the best prospects by Didier Deschamps while he was at Manchester United.
The three brothers believe their love of football comes from their father, who encouraged them to take up the sport as younger children.