Footballers who are following their Dad’s footsteps

12) Justin Kluivert (Patrick Kluivert) – Ajax

Son of legendary dutch striker Patrick Kluivert, Justin Kluivert has been creating waves this season with his performances. Despite just 18, Justin has already made over 50 appearances for Ajax, having scored 10 goals. The midfielder has been linked with the likes of Manchester United and was recently called up to the senior side by Ronald Koeman as well, though was an unused substitute in the friendly against England. Justin would be keen on reaching the heights like his father, who won the Champions league title with Ajax in ’95.

11) Marcus Thuram (LilianThuram) – Guingamp

Marcus Thuram currently plies his trade in France with Guingamp, having joined the club from Sochaux last summer. While he has not been a regular goal scorer, Marcus is still very young and has a lot to learn. The striker will surely be getting lessons from his father, LilianThuram, who retired as the most capped French player of all time, with 142 appearances and a World Cup and Euro Cup winners’ medal.

10) Isaac Drogba (Didier Drogba) – Guingamp

Isaac Drogba, like his father Didier did, has been playing for Guingamp in the early part of his career. Junior Drogba left Chelsea’s youth academy joining the French side in February. Isaac will certainly remain on Chelsea’s books thanks to his father, who enjoyed immense success with the Blues, winning virtually every title with the Stamford Bridge outfit.

9) Enzo Fernandez (ZinedineZidane) – FC Lausanne-Sport

Enzo Fernandez left Real Madrid in the summer, trying to make a name for himself rather than getting all the attention because of his father’s name and presence at Real. Enzo is one of the four sons of Real Madrid great and current manager, ZinedineZidane. His other sons Luca, Theo and Elyaz all are playing for Real on some levels. The quartet will be hoping to have a career just as remarkable as their father. If they could come even a little bit close, they would surely have enjoyed a brilliant career.

8) Timothy Weah (George Weah) – Paris Saint-Germain

Son of the 1995 Ballon D’Or winner, George Weah, Timothy Weah made his senior debut for the USMNT last month. The striker first made his name when he scored a hattrick against Paraguay in the U-17 tie. Like his father, Timothy is also at PSG and signed with the first team earlier this year.

7)Giovanni Simeone (Diego Simeone) – Fiorentina

Perhaps the only player in our list who so far has been getting all the attention due to his on-pitch skills is Giovanni Simeone. The Fiorentina striker has scored 7 goals in the Serie A this season and his fine form has seen him linked with Atletico Madrid, where his father is the manager. Diego, who won the Serie A title with Lazio and the La Liga title with Atletico both as a player and manager has already indicated that he would like to sign his son, who according to him has the potential to be a real star.

6) IanisHagi (Gheorghe Hagi) – FC Viitorul
The 19-year old joined FC Viitorul in January transfer period, linking with his father, the Romanian football legend GheorgeHagi. GheorgeHagi featured prominently for Spanish giants Real Madrid and Barcelona while he is also Romania’s all-time leading goal scorer with 35 goals to his name.

5) Niall Keown (Martin Keown) – Partick Thistle
Following in the footsteps of his father, Niall Keown is also a centre back by trade. Niall undoubtedly has huge pressure of becoming as good as his father, Martin Keown was, who back in the day was an eminent figure in Arsenal’s invincible squad of 2003/04. Niall currently plays for Patrick Thistle in Scotland, where his side are battling for relegation.

4) Devante Cole (Andy Cole) – Wigan Athletic
The current Wigan Athletic striker, Devante Cole has all the attributes his father, Andy Cole, possessed back in his playing days. Devante was once a part of City’s youth academy but he left it for Fleetwood Town where his fine return of goals earned him a move to Wigan. Andy was a star in his playing career, scoring 119 goals for Manchester United, winning five Premier league titles and 2 FA Cups along with a Champions league title.

3) Jordan Larsson (Henrik Larsson) – IFK Norrkoping

Son of the Swedish great Henrik Larsson, Jordan began his career with Helsingborg which was then managed by his father. After getting embroiled in controversy with the fans, Jordan joined NEC in Netherlands. Henrik Larsson was one of Sweden’s best players back in the day, winning 2006 champions league title with Barcelona.

2) Tyrese Campbell (Kevin Campbell) – Stoke City
Kevin Campbell had a very illustrious career in the Premier league featuring for various sides like Arsenal, Everton and West Brom though he wasn’t fortunate enough to win the Premier league title as he left the Gunners before a certain Arsene Wenger’s arrival at Highbury. His son, Tyrese, made his debut for Stoke in Feb this year, 4236 days after his father made his final appearance in the English football.

1) Federico Chiesa (Enrico Chiesa) – Fiorentina

Like his fellow teammate Giovanni, Federico Chiesa too has had an impressive season, with his tally now up to 5 goals and 5 assists in the season so far. His fine form earned him a place in the recent friendly against Argentina. He is the son of Italian legend Enrico Chiesa, who himself had a successful career with Viola in the mid 90s.