Ian Wright and Shaun and Bradley Wright-Phillips (England)
Ian Wright used to terrorize Premier League defenders, scoring 113 goals in 7 top flight seasons with Arsenal and West Ham. His two sons, Bradley and Shaun Wright-Phillips (the latter of which was adopted) well, they didn’t really terrorize anyone, but hey, they still turned out professional soccer players! Bradley and Shaun both had brief spells at Manchester City. Shaun played at QPR before reuniting with Bradley at New York Red Bulls.
Abedi Pele and Jordan & Andre Ayew (Ghana/Marseilles)
Ghana legend Abedi Pele won three consecutive African Ballon d'Ors from 1991-93, and took home the Champions League title with Marseille in ’93 as well. His sons Andre and Jordan Ayew both made their senior debuts for Marseilles and spent long stretches at their father’s former club. Talk about “running in the family”!
Paul and Tom Ince (England)
Best known for his playing days at Manchester United, Paul Ince once racked up 52 caps for the England national team in the 1990s, becoming the first black captain for England in the process. The younger Ince, a top English prospect, is destined for a move to a bigger club, and could soon try to beat his old man in national team appearances.
Pablo and Diego Forlan (Uruguay)
We all know about Diego Forlan, but did you know he is a third-generation Uruguayan international in his family? His father, Pablo Forlan, played for Uruguay from 1966-76 and Diego’s grandfather (technically an in-law), Juan Carlos Corazzo, was a Uruguayan soccer legend in his own right, managing the national team at the 1962 World Cup. Amazingly, all three have won the Copa America for Uruguay as players- Juan Carlos in 1942, Pablo in 1967 and Diego in 2011.
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Finn and Michael and Brian Laudrup (Denmark)
We all know Danish star brothers Michael and Brian Laudrup, who together shocked the world to win the 1992 Euros, and between them have graced the pitches at Barcelona, Real Madrid, Juventus, Ajax, Chelsea, Milan, and Bayern Munich, among others. But Denmark owes a big “Thank You” to their father Finn (not pictured), who had 19 caps for the Danes in his heyday. The Laudrups' soccer DNA can be found in the next generation as well: Michael’s two sons both play got the soccer itch. Andreas retired in 2015 due to arthritis, while Mads still plies his trade.
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Javier and Javier Hernandez (Mexico)
How did Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez get his nickname? His father Javier was aptly known as “Chicharo” back in his days as a Mexican international striker, thus “little Chicharo” was born. Chicharito’s grandfather (in-law) also played for Mexico at the 1954 World Cup. Perhaps the family's history of producing national teamers partially explains Hernandez’s unmatched popularity!
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Johan and Jordi Cruyff (Netherlands)
Dutch legend Johan Cruyff needs no introduction. Winner of three Ballon d’Ors, Cruyff became synonymous with “Total Football,” perhaps changing the game of soccer more than any other player in the past 50 years. His highly-touted son Jordi didn’t fare as famously, though he did play under his father at Johan's old club side Barcelona and at least managed a call-up to the Netherlands’ 1996 European Championship squad.
Peter and Kasper Schmeichel (Denmark)
Peter Schmeichel is an absolute legend in Denmark and in Manchester, where he helped United to the treble in 1999 before retiring. He is arguably the Premier League's all-time greatest goalkeeper. His son Kasper (seen here with Peter in 1993) ironically got his start between the pipes at his dad’s old rival Manchester City. He minded the net in Leicester City's unimaginable and memorable run to the Premier League title in 2015-16.
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Cesare and Paolo Maldini (Italy/AC Milan)
Paolo Maldini finished his illustrious career—all with Milan—as the greatest defender in Serie A history. His success shouldn't be much of a surprise. Paolo’s father Cesare was an AC Milan legend himself, winning four Serie A titles and captaining Milan to its first ever European Cup trophy in 1963. Paolo, though, has his dad beat just a bit. The younger Maldini won an astounding five Champions League titles with Milan. Both of Paolo’s sons, Christian and Daniel, are currently in Milan’s youth academy. No pressure.
David and Brooklyn Beckham (England)
David Beckham ended his illustrious professional career in 2013 after winning his 10th league title in four different countries. All three of David's sons have played in the Arsenal academy. The eldest of the Beckham children, Brooklyn, seems to have cooled on the idea of playing professionally. We have a hunch, though, that David's younger sons -- Romeo and Cruz -- could find their way onto the pitch in the future.