From the Cruyffs to the Maldini’s and from the Schmeichel’s to the Wright’s, there have been a whole host of father and son duo’s that have starred on the biggest stages of football around the world. There is now a new generation of young stars looking to emulate their fathers, with many being backed to even outdo their famous relatives.
Justin Kluivert – Despite still at the tender age of just 17, Justin Kluivert has already made his first team debut for Ajax, with the winger looking to follow in the footsteps of his father for the Dutch giants. Kluivert Jr has represented the Netherlands from the Under-15 age group, with a call-up to the senior squad surely not too far away. Despite Ajax being the underdogs for the Eredivisie title this season with Betser Sports, Kluivert has already made a name for himself. He has a long way to go to live up to his famous father’s name, with Patrick having scored a Champions League winning goal against Milan back in 1995 aged just 18.
Giovanni Simeone – While Diego Simeone is now most famous for his touchline exploits for Spanish La Liga side Athletico Madrid, many will be unaware that his son Giovanni is gaining quite the reputation on the field. Having signed for Italian Serie A team Genoa from River Plate over the summer, the former South American Youth Football Championship top scorer has already scored 10 goals, including a double in a 3-1 win over champions Juventus.
Rivaldinho – As you can probably tell from the name, the son of former Barcelona and Brazil legend Rivaldo is another South American talent making a name for himself. The duo even scored in the same game back kin 2015, when the two forwards found the net for Mogi Mirim. Despite a brief spell in Portugal with Boavista not going to plan, the youngster is back in top-form with Internacional.
Enzo Fernandez (Zidane) – With Zinedine Zidane widely recognised as the greatest player of his generation, son Enzo Fernandez is looking to follow in his footsteps at Spanish giants Real Madrid. Having starred for Real’s Castilla reserve team, Enzo made a goal scoring debut at the end of 2016 in the Copa Del Rey. Meanwhile, if Enzo does not make the grade, brothers Luca, Theo and Elyaz are all prospects throughout the Madrid youth academy.
Christian Maldini – Christian certainly has some major boots to fill, with both father Paolo and Grandfather Cesare having both becoming legendary figures at the San Siro with AC Milan. Things have not gone to well for the youngster recently however, with a move to Maltese Premier League side Hamrum Spartans following his permanent transfer to Italian minnows Reggina. However, with many years still ahead of him, the 20-year-old defender has time to bounce back from such disappointments.