Footballing Fathers And Sons: 10 Of The Best Emerging Stars With Legendary Names

Footballing Fathers And Sons: 10 Of The Best Emerging Stars With Legendary Names

Last week Brazil legend Rivaldo made history alongside his son Rivaldinho as they both scored in the same Brazilian Serie B match. There's always excitement when a new player breaks through the ranks from youth to senior level but if there's a legendary name on the back of the jersey it's on another level.

Here is a list of the the most highly-rated emerging young stars with names you'll find familiar.

Joe Van Der Sar

Joe is following the career path of legendary Dutch goalkeeper Edwin Van Der Sar. Joe's also a keeper and is currently in the revered Ajax youth academy. At 17-years-old he may add to his father's 226 appearances for the Amsterdam club.

Christian Maldini


Think there would be expectation on a player following in his father's footsteps? Try being Christian Maldini. Not only did his father Paolo spend his entire winning everything there was to win at AC Milan, his grandfather Cesare has equally legendary status at the club. The 19-year-old can play at left or centre back (sound familiar?) and is currently playing for the Milan youth team but big things are expected in the future.

Niall Keown

The son of Arsenal 'Invincible' Martin Keown made his first team breakthrough with Reading last year and was rewarded with a new three-year deal this summer. There's plenty of Irish interest in the 20-year-old centre-back, he's eligible for the Boys in Green and is already involved in the u21 setup.

Enzo Zidane


Arguably the most famous player on the list, Enzo Zidane Fernándes is a midfielder currently playing for Real Madrid C. The 20-year-old is also registered to play for Real Madrid Castilla in the Spanish second division, who are managed by his father Zinedine.

Diego Poyet

Premier League fans can expect to see the son of Gus Poyet sooner rather than later. Diego Poyet is expected to be a regular in the West Ham first team this season after they signed him last year following a string of impressive performances for Charlton Athletic. Diego is a combative midfielder in a similar vein to his father, he'll hope to emulate the standards Gus set in his time at Chelsea.

Justin Kluivert


Son of Dutch icon Patrick Kluivert, Justin is following in his father's footsteps at Ajax. The 16-year-old plays in the academy as a winger and looks like he has the talent to emulate his father's success.

Geovanni Simeone

Geovanni Simeone lit up the u20 South American championships earlier this year, scoring nine goals for Argentina. It's a promising start to emulating the 106 senior caps amassed by his father, current Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone. Unlikely his tough-tackling dad, Geovanni operates as a striker for Banfield in the Argentinian top-flight.

Jordan Larsson


Jordan Larsson is already a regular in the Swedish top-flight at the age of 18. He is a striker Helsingborgs who are managed by his father, former Sweden, Celtic, Barcelona and Manchester United forward Henrik. Judging by these efforts from last week, he's definitely inherited some of his father's good genes.

Devante Cole

The son of the Premier League's second highest all-time scorer and happens to be signed to one of his father's former clubs. Devante is the only child of Andy Cole and the 20-year-old striker is signed to Manchester City. He played a part in MK Dons' promotion winning season to The Championship last year on loan.


The 20-year-old striker plays alongside his father Rivaldo at Brazilian Serie B side Mogi Mirim. He could go on to emulate the former FIFA World Player of the year under his tutelage, and has a similar eye for goal as the Brazil legend if this video is anything to go by.


Barry Arnold

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