Yaya and Kolo Toure, while both of them were playing at Manchester City (©GettyImages)
Yaya and Kolo Toure, while both of them were playing at Manchester City (©GettyImages).

Kolo and Yaya Toure lead the list of top footballing brothers

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In countries like England, Brazil, Italy and Spain were football can be compared to religion, many kids join their local clubs every day. Only some later become professional players and it is a true miracle when brothers succeed in the sport.

Diego and Gabriel Milito, Gary and Phil Neville, Brian and Michael Laudrup...all of them are now legends. Here, we present the best sets brothers who are playing at the moment.

5. Rafael & Fabio Da Silva

Lured away from Fluminense academy to Manchester United in January 2008, these twins were heading in different directions right from the start. They both got a chance in the red jersey six years ago, just a few months after moving to England. 

And while Rafael was fighting for a first-team place, Fabio had been trying to impress from Loftus Road, where he was spending a season out on loan at Queens Park Rangers. David Moyes interrupted his return plans, as Fabio was sold to Cardiff City in January.

Since Luiz Felipe Scolari took over as Brazil boss in November 2012, there has been no space for them in the national team as well as for some other players like Philippe Coutinho, Diego Alves, Paulo Henrique Ganso and others. 

4. Thorgan & Eden Hazard

Belgium's national team have failed to qualify for several international competitions in the past decade. Luckily for them, however, their new wave of young and refreshing players has been enormous.

Marc Wilmots suddenly has players like Kevin de Bruyne, Romelu Lukaku, Adnan Januzaj, the Hazard brothers and many more in his squad. 

My favourites for the World Cup were, from the beginning, Colombia and this young version of Belgium.

Eden Hazard, one of the best Chelsea players in the last couple of years, has done everything right. On the other side, his brother was sent out on loan to Zulte Waregem for two years and will find it very hard to establish himself at Stamford Bridge because of the wealth of midfielders in the team. His colleague De Bruyne was the victim of their transfer system.

3. Lars & Sven Bender

This pair come from Rosenheim, a place in Germany where they played for local club TSV Brannenburg. Later, the brothers were part of Unterhaching and 1860 Munich's youth systems.  

For the first time in 2009, they were their separate ways - Lars heading for Bayer Leverkusen and Sven joining Borussia Dortmund. 

Lars has represented Germany 17 times, but his brother has won only seven caps under Joachim Low.

2. Kevin-Prince & Jerome Boateng

Brothers who do not share the same national team have recently stopped their arguments and now appear to enjoying a good relationship. Jerome, who is aiming to win the World Cup with Germany, has become a Bayern Munich star over the years.

Kevin - who was sent home from this summer's World Cup - was having a blast at AC Milan but is now facing his brother in the Bundesliga with Schalke. He also represented Germany, but only at youth level, and in the end chose to play for Ghana just a month before the 2010 World Cup.

Can at least one of the Boateng brothers celebrate on July 13?

1. Yaya & Kolo Toure

Kolo has been playing in the Premier League for his whole career, but Yaya initially found it tough in the early years.

The first team he has played for, Beveren, brought him from his youth club - ASEC Mimosas. Then came adventures at Metalurh Donetsk, Olympiacos and Monaco, before he made a dream move to Camp Nou.

Now, he is impressing at Manchester City, where he was the top goalscorer for the club in the 2013/14 season. 

His brother could easily be named as one of the best defenders in the league and Yaya is most certainly among the top five best midfielders there. They are the best set of brothers on this list for me. 

Do you agree with my list? Who do you think is the best duo? Have you say in the comment section below. 

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