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5 successful footballers whose fathers were football legends

U. K. Dey
FEATURED WRITER
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14.04K   //    05 Apr 2017, 23:40 IST
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The Maldinis

Like father, like son – this is one of the most commonly used phrases when ascertaining the similarity of traits between father and son. It is only natural that a person’s offspring inherits some of their abilities, it’s all in the genes after all.

In football, however, there are not many instances where a son bettered, or even replicated, his father’s antics as a player. The likes of Jordi Cruyff will always be mentioned among the players that failed to live up to their fathers’ names.

Also read: Sons of 5 famous footballers hoping to make it big

But, there are exceptions – and here are five father-son pairings that were successful on the pitch.


#1 Paolo Maldini and Cesare Maldini

In a relatively recent interview, Sir Alex Ferguson claimed that he wanted the legendary Italian footballer, Paolo Maldini, at Old Trafford. So he once asked another legendary Italian, Cesare Maldini, father of Paolo, about his son’s availability.

“My grandfather is Milan, my father is, I am Milan, my sons are Milan. Forget it."

This is the response that the legendary Scot got from Cesare. And it was a great decision from the Italians’ perspective since Paolo went on to win the Champions League five times, more than Manchester United could ever win as a team.

Cesare himself won the Champions League with the Rossoneri and wore the captain’s armband, something which his son also did whilst playing for the club.

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U. K. Dey
FEATURED WRITER
Writing was just a hobby I picked to escape from the stress of A-levels. And now, it is exactly what pays my bills every month. Write for multiple platforms with interest in both football and cricket. Have a tendency to be on the dark side.
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