Today, the football mourns Cesare Maldini, who died at the age of 84. This soccer player will forever remain a legend as he is part of the exclusive club of players who won the Champions League, just like his son. Here are soccer’s most successful families!
- Cesare and Paolo Maldini
When we talk about fathers and sons who made it as soccer players, the first names that come to our minds are Maldini. It is because Cesare and Paolo are two true soccer legends. Both players have won the Champions League and have worn the captain armband of AC Milan. True beasts! Reminder that there are still two Maldinis tied to the club known as Christian (18) and Daniel (13 years) ... the sons Paolo!
- Manuel and Manuel Sanchis
Manuel Sanchis did not have a hard time choosing the name of his son. In addition to his name, he also gave him much of his talent. Nicknamed "Manolo", the son Sanchis won the Champions League, just like his father! Also, both players evolved in Real Madrid and under the colors of La Roja, with whom they both played a World Cup.
- Arnor and Eidur Gudjohnsen
Arnor and Eidur Gudjohnsen are perhaps not the most talented of our ranking, but their story is somehow extraordinary. April 24th, 1996, Arnor, Eidur's father, was replaced at half-time of an international game against Iceland ... by his son! After what, Eidur gained multiple trophies with PSV Eindhoven, Chelsea and Barcelona.
- Jean and Youri Djorkaeff
In the history of French soccer, Jean and Youri Djorkaeff are undoubtedly the best "father-son"couple. Having passed by Paris Saint-Germain, both players have had great careers. John was the captain of the Blues, while Youri won the UEFA winners’ Cup, the World Cup and the European Championship. Not bad at all!
- Mazinho, Thiago's father and Rafinha Alcantara
Mazinho, former defensive midfielder, is officially a very hard worker. Winner of the Copa America in 1989 and the World Cup in 1994, the Brazilian can also brag about being the father of Rafinha (Barcelona) and Thiago Alcantara (Bayern). Still young, the two brothers could have great careers if their injuries don't disable them.
- Pablo and Diego Forlan
One was a defender and the other a serial goal scorer. Pablo Forlan played the World cups of 66 and 74 and won the Copa America and Copa Libertadores. As for Diego, he delighted Atletico Madrid, Villarreal and the Uruguayan selection where he was selected as Golden player of the 2010 World Cup.
- Miguel Angel (aka Periko) and Xabi Alonso
Miguel Angel Alonso, nicknamed Periko, had set the bar high by winning the League three times and participating in the 82 World Cup. Not so impressive to Xabi who has already won a World Cup, two European Championships and one Champions League... Take notes, dad.
- Ian Wright and Shaun Wright-Phillips
Top scorer of Arsenal for a long time with 185 goals, Ian Wright also marked soccer history through ... his adopted son! Shaun Wright Phillips shined bright for a few years and delighted many soccer fans. Unfortunately, his talent did not let him achieve the great career he was longing for.
- Abedi Pele, father of André and Jordan Ayew
Just like Mazinho, Abedi Ayew aka "Pele" worked very hard. The Ghanaian won three African Golden Balls and allowed OM supporters to have in their ranks André and Jordan Ayew, his two sons. If Jordan had some difficulties winning in Marseille, his brother André became the soul of OM. Unfortunately, his desire to go elsewhere will make him leave Marseille at the end of the 2014/2015 season.
- Danny and Daley Blind
Danny Blind is a great champion who brought joy to Ajax where he won everything. Despite his not-so-easy-to-have name, Daley's son, Danny, seems to have what it takes to take him to the highest levels. Official player in the Dutch selection, Daley Blind is evolving today in Manchester United.
On the other hand, being the son of a famous footballer can sometimes be harmful. Jordi Cruyff is a perfect example. Some other names also could have been included in this list. Among them, Busquets - father and son who have won the Champions League but Carles, the father, was essentially a goalkeeper during his career - Reina Lampard, Laudrup, Gourcuff, Giresse, or Schmeichel.