10 Football Players Whose Fathers Were Professional Footballers

Inspired by their fathers, we have often seen many players who have followed the career path of their fathers in football.

Sometimes players come under scrutiny as they are regarded as products of nepotism.

However, football is all about talent and not about selecting a player who is the descendant of some legendary player.

Only talent and hard work will help you make a breakthrough in a senior team.

Check out the list of some players whose fathers were professional footballers;

1. Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez

Former Manchester United forward Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez is the son of former Mexico international Javier Hernandez.

Chicharito’s father played his entire career as a footballer in Mexico.

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2. Anthony Elanga

Manchester United youngster Anthony Elanga is the son of former Cameroon international Joseph Elanga Fils.

Joseph Elanga Fils played for several clubs including PAOK, Malmo and Brøndby.

3. Diego Forlan

Pablo Forlan is the father of former Uruguay international Diego Forlan.

He played for the Uruguay national team and spent all of his career playing in South America.

4. Marcos Alonso

Chelsea defender Marcos Alonso is the son of Marcos Alonso Pena, who played for several La Liga clubs including Barcelona, Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid.

5. Romelu Lukaku

Chelsea forward Romelu Lukaku is the son of former DR Congo international Roger Lukaku, who played most of his club football in Belgium.

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6. Frank Lampard

Current Everton coach Frank Lampard is the son of former England international Frank Lampard senior.

The senior Lampard played as a left-back for England and West Ham United.

7. Henrikh Mkhitaryan

Former Manchester United and Borussia Dortmund forward Henrikh Mkhitaryan is the son of former Soviet and Armenia football player Hamlet Mkhitaryan.

Hamlet Mkhitaryan played most of his club career in the Armenia Premier League.

8. Wojciech Szczesny

Juventus goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny took over the family business from his father Maciej Szczesny who was also a goalkeeper.

Maciej Szczesny played for the Poland national team, Legia Warsaw, Polonia Warsaw, Wisla Krakow, among others.

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9.Thiago Alcantara

Liverpool midfielder Thiago Alcantara, is the son of former Brazil international Mazinho who played as a defensive midfielder throughout his career.

Mazinho is a World Cup and Copa America winner with the Brazil national team.

10. Divock Origi

Divock Origi’s father Mike Origi was a Kenyan professional footballer who played as a striker for most of his career.

He spent a large part of his club football in the Belgian league.




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