While twins are an uncommon occurrence, finding two who play professionally together is more exceptional.
Some notable players were born with a twin, and while some of these twins end up pursuing the same career path, one of them may be more successful than the other.
In this article, we’ll look at the top ten most famous footballing twins in professional football.
- Frank and Ronald de Boer
The former Dutch internationals are among the Netherlands’ greatest players ever, and both starred for FC Barcelona during their careers.
Frank even became the first player to reach 100 caps for his nation in 2003, before seeing his record broken by Edwin van der Sar three years later.
- Rene and Willy van de Kerkhof
The Van de Kerkhof brothers, who were born in the Netherlands and played for both FC Twente and PSV, were forerunners of the De Boers. They also attended the 1974 and 1978 World Cups, respectively.
- Rafael and Fabio da Silva
After joining Manchester United from Fluminense in 2008, the tousle-haired Brazilian full-backs made their names. They played with each other for the following six years before going their separate ways. Both are now in France, with Rafael playing for Lyon and Fabio for Nantes.
In 2011, Rafael and Fabio da Silva won the Premier League with Manchester United.
- Sven and Lars Bender
The near-identical utility midfielders grew up together at 1860 Munich before splitting up, with Lars joining Bayer Leverkusen and Sven joining Borussia Dortmund, only to reconcile in 2017 when the latter joined his brother at Leverkusen.
- Aleksei Berezutski and Vasili Berezutski
From 2003 through 2016, the Berezutski brothers, both 1.9 m tall and equally formidable, created a human wall next to each other on defence for both CSKA Moscow and Russia’s national team.
- Hamit Altintop and Halil Altintop
The Altintop twins were and are frequently confused for each other due to their identical names and careers as Turkey internationals and Schalke/Bundesliga stalwarts.
Halil was a capable winger, while Hamit—a decade his senior—was a brilliant midfielder who won the 2010 Puskas Award with a thundering strike against Kazakhstan.
- Martin and Marcus Olsson
Both left-backs by trade, the Sweden internationals have had successful professional careers, including a brief stint together at Blackburn Rovers.
Former NBA player Dirk Nowitzki, who married the twins’ older sister Jessica in 2012, is the Olssons’ brother-in-law.
- Radja and Riana Nainggolan
Cagliari’s tough guy, Radja, has a professional footballing twin sister who has also represented Belgium at the international level.
- Florentin and Mathias Pogba
Although Paul’s older twin siblings do not share his celebrity, they are both capable players who have represented Guinea at international level.
- David and Dean Holdsworth
The Holdsworths met as teenagers at Watford in the late 1980s and played together until their careers diverged. They did, however, reconnect for a brief period at Bolton in the 1990s before both moving into lower league management.