Children of famous athletes who have achieved success in football

There is a well-worn expression “nature rests on the children of geniuses”. However, as practice shows, this axiom does not work in football.

Hamlet and Henrikh Mkhitaryan

This is the case when the son managed to surpass his father. Hamlet’s football career was modest and with a tragic finale. At the age of 33, he was diagnosed with a tumor, which unfortunately became fatal. He managed to play for Ararat and several clubs from the lower divisions of France. By the way, the ipl betting site offers favorable bets on the matches of these leagues.

This situation did not break Henry, who was 7 years old at that time, but only hardened the character of the guy. As we know, he managed to build a great career. The list of clubs for which the Armenian managed to play (Shakhtar, Borussia Dortmund, MJ, Arsenal, Inter) can be envied by many.

Miguel and Xabi Alonso

The father of the current coach of Bayer Leverkusen is a legend of Spanish football and a two-time LaLiga champion with Real Sociedad. In the same club started his career and Xabi, who managed to win with the team silver medals of the championship and get an invitation to the top club in the APL Liverpool. With scousers Alonso won the Champions League and after five successful seasons moved to Real Madrid, and then to Bayern.

Career in the national team Xabi also turned out well and was much more successful than his father. With the “Red Fury” he conquered Euro-2008 and 2012, as well as the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Now Xabi is considered one of the most promising European coaches.

The Wright dynasty

Childhood and youth of the head of the family Ian Wright were not easy. He grew up without a father, and until the age of 21 he played only in amateur leagues. But one day the guy drew the attention of scouts “Crystal Palace” and offered the young footballer a contract with a professional club.

The risk turned out to be justified. Ian became one of the best players of the team, and then moved to London Arsenal. In the camp of the canonniers Wright managed to score 185 goals. To this day, he remains the second best scorer in the club’s history (the first place is occupied by Thierry Henry).

Ian’s adopted son is Shaun Wright-Phillips, who was one of the brightest players in the APL in the 2000s. Wright’s native son named Bradley also had a less successful, but not the worst football career. However, he failed to jump above the level of Charlton and Southampton clubs.

The Gudjohnsen family

Eidur Gudjohnsen has become an iconic player for clubs such as English clubs Bolton and Chelsea, as well as Catalan side Barcelona. Now his football dynasty continues.

Svein Aron is the eldest son. He played for Swedish Elfsborg for 3 years, and as of this season he plays for Second Bundesliga club Hansa. 17-year-old Daniel Tristan went through the Spanish football school, after which he moved to the “youth” Malmo. He made his debut for the main team in 2023.

The middle son Lucas is now a striker in the club Norrköping in Sweden. Before that, he had the prospect of playing for Real Madrid. However, after a short period at Castilla (for whom he managed to play in the youth Champions League in 2021), the club decided not to continue the cooperation. Lucas also has experience of playing for the Icelandic national team (9 games and 2 goals scored).

Maldini family

A kind of palm in this list is the successful football dynasty Maldini. Cesaro, the father of the family is the captain and a true legend of “Milan”, who won 4 Scudetto and one European Cup with the club.

Such an achievement was very difficult to beat, but Paolo Maldini managed it. Cesaro’s son was lucky enough to win the EHF (which was later reformed into the Champions League) five times. Paolo is so respected by the fans and management of the rossoneri that the club has withdrawn the number 3 on his shirt from circulation.

His eldest son Cristian also decided to take up football. He spent 12 years in the Milan academy (from 2004 to 2016), after which, after changing several clubs, he decided to end his career at 27 and take up agency work.

His younger son Daniel has a much more successful football career. For “Milan” he managed to become the Italian champion at the end of the season 2021/2022. This made an incredible achievement. Now the Maldini dynasty became owners of the scudetto in 3 generations! After that, he continues to remain under contract with the club, playing on loan for other Italian teams.

Children of footballers often follow in the footsteps of their fathers. Some succeed in it, others have a more modest career. Each of them had a chance for luck, and some of them have yet to prove their level

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