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10 Footballers Following In Their Famous Father’s Footsteps

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10 Footballers Following In Their Famous Father’s Footsteps

Following the news that Wayne Rooney's son Kai has signed for Manchester United, we took a look at 10 other footballers who followed in their famous father's footsteps.

Kai, 11, was pictured alongside his dad and mum Coleen putting pen to paper on a contract at the Old Trafford club earlier this week.

Wayne played for United from 2004 until 2017 and is their all-time leading scorer with 253 goals from 559 appearances.

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He wrote on Instagram: "Proud day. Kai signing for Man Utd. Keep up the hard work son."

Kai was also pictured holding up a United shirt with the No.10 on the back - the same number his dad wore.

Cristiano Ronaldo's son, Cristiano Junior, is also on the books of Juventus and there are plenty of other players looking to follow the example set by their dads by making their name in the sport.

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Justin Kluivert

Age: 21

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Club: RB Leipzig (loan)

Position: Forward

Father: Patrick Kluivert

Following in the footsteps of father Patrick, Justin Kluivert came through the famous academy at Ajax. He is currently on loan at RB Leipzig.

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Isaac Drogba

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Age: 20

Club: Guingamp

Position: Forward

Father: Didier Drogba

Isaac Drogba joined French side Guingamp in 2018 after leaving the Chelsea academy, 16 years after his father Didier signed for the club in an £80,000 move from Le Mans.



Marcus Thuram

Age: 23

Club: Borussia Monchengladbach

Position: Forward

Father: Lilian Thuram

Son of Lilian Thuram, Marcus is currently playing in the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach and has been capped three times for France.



Timothy Weah

Age: 20

Club: Lille

Position: Forward

Father: George Weah

Having grown up in the United States, Timothy Weah moved to France in 2014, playing for Paris Saint-Germain and Celtic prior to joining Lille in the summer of 2019.



Ianis Hagi

Age: 22

Club: Rangers

Position: Forward

Father: Gheorghe Hagi

Forward Ianis Hagi started his career at Romanian side FC Viitorul - managed and owned by father Gheorghe - before joining Genk in 2019. Now at Rangers.



Jordan Larsson

Age: 23

Club: Spartak Moscow

Position: Forward

Father: Henrick Larsson

Now playing in Russia with Spartak Moscow, striker Jordan Larsson started his career at Hogaborgs before enjoying success at Helsingborg under dad Henrik.



Federico Chiesa

Age: 23

Club: Juventus (loan)

Position: Forward

Father: Enrico Chiesa

Son of Italian great Enrico, Federico Chiesa made 137 appearances for Fiorentina, joining Juventus on loan in the summer. Capped 21 times for Italy.



Daniel Maldini

Age: 19

Club: AC Milan

Position: Midfielder

Father: Paolo Maldini

Continuing a long-running dynasty at the club, Daniel Maldini made his AC Milan debut in February, joining father Paolo and grandfather Cesare as the third of his name to play for the Rossoneri.



Giovanni Reyna

Age: 18

Club: Borussia Dortmund

Position: Midfielder

Father: Claudio Reyna

Born in Sunderland, Giovanni Reyna began his football journey at New York City, where his father Claudio served as sporting director. Giovanni joined Borussia Dortmund in 2019.



Jonathan Klinsmann

Age: 23

Club: LA Galaxy

Position: Goalkeeper

Father: Jurgen Klinsmann

Jonathan Klinsmann turned professional contract with Hertha Berlin, joining Swiss side St Gallen in 2019. He moved to LA Galaxy in August.


Topics: Federico Chiesa, Wayne Rooney, Cristiano Ronaldo

Thomas Harvey
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