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The 10 Most Famous Brothers In Football History

The 10 Most Famous Brothers In Football History

Growing up, having a brother can be extremely helpful. You have someone to lean on, someone to share, to count on, and in certain occasions, someone to play your favorite sport with. In football, we have seen plenty of cases of brothers who made it to the big leagues and had great careers.

Albeit that’s not a common thing to happen, since most of the time is only one brother who gets a successful career, but today we’re going to take a look at some cases in which a couple of brothers actually succeeded throughout their careers, becoming big figures for their clubs and national teams.

These are the 10 most famous brothers in football.

Honorable Mentions: Hamit and Halil Altintop, Lars and Sven Bender, Fabio and Paolo Cannavaro

10. Eden and Thorgan Hazard

Eden and Thorgan Hazard

The Hazard brothers open this top, but perhaps at the end of their careers, they would rank higher. As many people know, Eden is a world-class player, gaining a lot of recognition after all the things he did with Premier League side Chelsea and now is set to take things to a bigger level with Real Madrid.

Thorgan, on the other hand, not as gifted as his brother, has known how to be a very good player in German football, first with Borussia Monchengladbach and now with his new team, Dortmund. Besides these two, Kylian and Ethan Hazard are also footballers who dream to have good careers, just like their big brothers.

9. Jerome and Kevin-Prince Boateng

boateng brothers

This is one of the most curious cases when it comes to brothers in football. Jerome and Kevin-Prince Boateng both came through the ranks of Hertha Berlin in the Bundesliga, but after that their careers took different paths. Jerome has only played in Hamburg and Bayern Munich, his current side.

As for Kevin-Prince, his last club was Spanish giants Barcelona, who signed the midfielder when absolutely nobody expected it. Before the Blaugrana, Kevin-Prince had already played for teams like Tottenham, Milan and Borussia Dortmund. One thing about these two is that they actually play for different national sides, even clashing in the 2010 FIFA World Cup, when Germany (Jerome) took on Ghana (Kevin-Prince).

8. Kolo and Yaya Toure

Toure brothers

These Ivorian players have had marvelous careers, mostly in England, where they are highly-respected for all the things they did during their times in the Island. They were initially three brothers, but Ibrahima passed away in 2014, aged 28 while battling cancer.

Well, Kolo and Yaya did whatever they wanted, whenever they went. Yaya played for Barcelona, where he won the La Liga two times, as well as the Champions League; with Manchester City, Yaya became one of the best midfielders in the world, winning the Premier League on several occasions with the Citizens.

As for Kolo, he won the Premier League title in the 2003/04 season with Arsenal and another one with Manchester City in the 2011/12 season. Right now Kolo is an assistant coach for Leicester City while Yaya is playing in China.

7. Gary and Phil Neville

Neville brothers

These two players were two of the best assets in Sir Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United during their best days. They played for the Red Devils and the English national side, too, forming a great duo.

Even though their careers didn’t finish the same way, Gary and Phil Neville enjoyed a great tenure together in Manchester. Gary won 8 Premier League titles, 3 FA Cups and 2 League Cups as well as the 1999 Champions League, sharing touches with his brother. As for Phil, he racked up 6 Premier League titles, 3 FA Cups and the Champions League trophy.

6. Rafinha and Thiago Alcantara

alcantara brothers

Just like Kevin-Prince and Jerome Boateng, Rafinha and Thiago Alcantara have decided to play for different national sides, with Thiago opting to represent Spain while Rafinha chose Brazil. The two Mazinho’s sons came through Barcelona's youth teams before making it to the first team.

Yet, after that, Thiago decided to leave the club and join Bayern Munich, his current club. Rafinha, on the other hand, has remained with Barcelona, but after several loans, the club is trying to part ways with the midfielder this offseason. Both players have enjoyed great seasons with their respective clubs, lifting plenty of trophies throughout their careers.

5. Gabriel and Diego Milito

Milito brothers

Although these two Argentine stars had similar careers, they were different from the very beginning. Starting from their position, since Gabriel Milito was a great center-back, while his brother was a very talented striker. Something that makes this more interesting is that they were fans and actually played for two teams that were big rivals, Gabriel with Independiente and Diego with Racing Club.

Diego played for big clubs like Inter, taking the Italians to win a treble in 2010, scoring two goals that gave them the Champions League title. Besides, he also represented Racing Club, Zaragoza and the Argentinian national team. As for Gabriel, he lived his best days with Barcelona, winning two La Liga trophies and the Champions League.

4. Michael and Brian Laudrup

laudrup brothers

This Danish duo was great both at a club and international level, taking their national side to be relevant in the football world while earning several individual awards in the process. Both players are regarded as two of the best footballers their country has had.

Michael was awarded the title of being the Golden Player of Denmark by the Danish FA, recognized as their best player in the past 50 years. Meanwhile, Brian earned the Danish Footballer of the Year award a record four times. These two shared two Serie A titles, two UEFA Champions League title, three Scottish Premier Division, and five La Liga trophies among others.

3. Frank and Ronald De Boer

de boer brothers

These twin brothers played together a big part of their careers, taking their talents to a lot of teams and leagues. Making their way through Ajax’s youth teams ranks, Frank and Ronald de Boer saw the glory with the Amsterdam club, winning five Eredivisie titles and a Champions League.

After that, they took their talents to Barcelona, Rangers, Al-Rayyan, Al-Shamal and, of course, at an international level with the Netherlands. Even after retired the de Boer brothers remain together. When Frank had the chance to manage Ajax, Ronald was his A1 assistant manager.

2. Jack and Bobby Charlton

charlton brothers

Jack and Bobby Charlton are complete legends, with Bobby being recognized as one of the best footballers to ever play the game. They both were part of the English national team that won the 1966 FIFA World Cup, playing a big role in their team’s success.

Both Jack and his younger brother Bobby played for a single team throughout their careers. Jack represented Leeds from 1950 to 1973, during which he led the club to the Second and First Division title, the FA Cup, the League Cup and also the Charity Shield. As for Bobby, he became a total icon for Manchester United, making his debut in 1956, captained the team to a European Cup victory, which was the first for an English side.

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1. Giuseppe and Franco Baresi

The Baresi brothers

Giuseppe and Franco Baresi are without any hesitation the best set of brothers that have played the game. Giusseppe was one of the best players for Internazionale, playing over 400 matches for the Nerazzurri. His younger brother, Franco, did the same with Milan, Inter’s archrival and was even named their Player of the Century back in 1999.

Franco and Giuseppe had great careers, winning plenty of trophies. Giuseppe won two Serie A titles and a UEFA Cup, while Franco won six Serie A titles, three European Cups and a World Cup. Just like other brothers on this list, these two had to face each other on the pitch, each one representing big archrivals.