It is always the dream of many fathers to see their children take after them in their chosen careers. In fact, some push their children into it with force, while some made it happen through persuasion or inspiration, a case study is football.
The football profession has many fathers whose sons have call the shot in the game over the years, and they are the topic for the day.
CESARE AND PAOLO MALDINI
There was a Maldini who held sway in the 60s, he is Cesare. This player had a successful career with AC Milan in his hay days, with four Serie A titles and a European cup, which the club won in 1963, making it the first Italian club to win the trophy, this also made Maldini the first Italian captain to lift the trophy.
Paolo took after his father in the round leather game, he played for AC Milan and like his father, won many honours for the club. He was the captain of the club for many years, winning the UEFA Champions League, the modern version of the European Cup, which his father also won as captain years back. His sons; Christian and Daniel Maldini are also into football, with Daniel currently playing for AC Milan.
PETER AND KASPER SCHMEICHEL
A threat to strikers on the field of play, he is one of the best goalkeepers to have grace the world of football, his playing moment with Manchester United will forever remain memorable. His efforts between the sticks for the Red devils was instrumental to the club winning the UEFA Champions League trophy in 1999.
Kasper Schmeichel, rose from the shadow of his father Peter, to become a star at Leicester city, he has been performing like his father, though not at the theatre of dreams but the Kings Power stadium. He was part of the all conquering Leicester city team that surprisingly won the EPL title in the 2015-2016 season, a feat that was never expected in the football world.
GHEORGHE AND IANIS HAGI
Gheorghe Hagi is one of the finest footballer that have stake for a place in history. His talents took him to Spain, making him one of the few players who have played for both Real Madrid and Barcelona in the La Liga. In Turkey, he is one of the players adored by Galatasaray, the Gala fans calls him Commandante, meaning commander.
He is a king in his home country; Romania, he is the greatest player in the history of Romania also the son of Gheorghe Hagi. He was signed from Genk football club of Belgium, and he has never disappointed his employers. He started his career from his father’s academy, and he has never look back.
PATRICK AND JUSTIN KLUIVERT
One of the Ajax Golden Generation, he was in the team that won the 1995 UEFA Champions League trophy. He later left the Amsterdam Arena for sojourns abroad, he played for Barcelona, scoring 124 goals from 249 appearances for the Catalan giant.
He is one of the highly revered footballers in the Netherlands.
Ever heard of Justin Kluivert? He is a winger currently playing for A.S Roma in the Italian Serie A. Justin started from Ajax, same starting point of his father Patrick, before moving abroad. His grandfather was a footballer as well, he played for his home country; Suriname, a country in the Caribbean.
ABEDI PELE, ANDRE, JORDAN AND IBRAHIM AYEW
One of the greatest footballer to have come from the African continent. Ayew took his football prowess out of Africa to different parts of the world. He contributed immensely to the winning of the UEFA Champions League trophy by Olympic Marseille in 1993, a final that many were expecting AC Milan to dominate and win.
Three of Ayew’s sons are footballers; Andre Ayew plays for Swansea City in the English Championship, Jordan Ayew is on the book of Crystal palace in the Premier League, while Ibrahim is lacing boots for Europa F.C of Gibraltar.
The football profession is an enticing one, the fame , the money and the respect that comes with it are the major influencer for every footballer. Children of footballers knows what is on the table, reason we will have more football dynasties in the not too distant future.