The 10 sons of famous footballers who have ridiculous amounts of potential to fulfil

Haaland and Kluivert want to emulate their fathers

Football is a family sport.

No doubt many of us got introduced to the beautiful game by our parents.

Whether you watch your favourite team inside the ground with your dad, or even just together on TV, football is better shared. 

But imagine what it's like to be the son of a world-famous player. Surely, there would be a real drive to emulate, or even exceed what your father did in the sport?  

After all, learning from the best would give you an advantage over every other kid chasing that dream of becoming a professional, right?

But on the flip side, there's probably a lot of pressure on the sons of famous footballers to seek a career in the beautiful game. 

Many have done, in fact. With that in mind, take a look at 10 sons who have a lot of potential to fulfil, based purely on their father's name alone.  

Erling Haaland | Forward | Borussia Dortmund | 19

We're starting off strong here.

Erling is the son of Alf-Inge Haaland, a man who spent much of his career in the Premier League - most famously for Manchester City, where his leg was nearly broken by Roy Keane. 

Thankfully, it seems his son is destined to become a bigger star. At RB Salzburg, Haaland burst onto the European stage this season and earned a January move to Dortmund. 

He's hit the ground running there, scoring five goals in 57 minutes of action.  

Haaland has made an incredible start to life at Dortmund

Justin Kluivert | Winger | Roma | 20

Justin has a lot to live up to after his father Patrick retired as one of the greatest Dutch footballers to ever play the game. 

Now a regular at Roma, the 20-year-old is hoping for a breakout season. So far, he's got five goals in 17 appearances, which certainly isn't bad for a young winger in Serie A.

Kluivert is impressing at Roma

Tim Weah | Forward | Lille | 19

George Weah is remembered as one of the most influential African players of all-time. He even won the Ballon d'Or in 1995 and had spells with AC Milan, PSG and Chelsea. 

His son Tim currently plays for Lille after playing in PSG's academy and has made two senior appearances for the club. He's also played eight times for the United States national team. 

Weah wants to emulate his father

Federico Chiesa | Winger | Fiorentina | 22

Now 22, Chiesa is one of the oldest players on this list. He's been at Fiorentina since 2016 and has already made a massive 132 appearances, scoring 16 goals. He also has 17 Italy caps. 

His father Enrico had a 22-year career playing for some of Italy's biggest teams. Although he didn't win too many major honours, there's every chance Federico can himself one day. 

Chiesa is already a star in Italy

Daniel Maldini | Forward | AC Milan | 18

Paolo Maldini was one of the greatest defenders ever. But his son Daniel is all about scoring the goals, rather than stopping them. 

He's hoping to break out for AC Milan (where his dad had so much success) this season but is currently still playing youth football. 

The teenager has already shown signs of good dribbling, passing and shooting ability and he's not afraid to track back and help out defensively either - perhaps his dad taught him that. 

Maldini plays for Milan

Marcus Thuram | Forward | Borussia Monchengladbach | 22

Like Daniel, Marcus isn't following directly in his father's footsteps. Lilian was a defender - and the most capped player in France's history - while Marcus is a forward. 

Since joining Monchengladbach from Guingamp this season, he's made 20 appearances and scored nine goals. Will he one day lift the World Cup like his dad? Only time will tell. 

Thuram plays in the Bundesliga

Giovanni Simeone | Striker | Cagliari (on-loan from Fiorentina) | 24

Imagine the inspiring team talks Giovanni gets from his dad Diego on a daily basis. The Atletico Madrid manager will no doubt be keeping a close eye on his son. 

Currently on-loan at Cagliari, Giovanni has been impressive this season, scoring five goals in 15 Serie A appearances.

If he rejoins Fiorentina next season, the Italian club will have two sons of former stars in their team - Chiesa and Simeone. 

Simeone is on-loan at the moment

Angus Gunn | Goalkeeper | Southampton | 24 

Angus is making a name for himself in the Premier League. The young goalkeeper is the son of Bryan Gunn, a man who made 390 league appearances in the Norwich City net. 

He's a legend around those parts and one day, his son could be too. Angus did have a loan spell with the Canaries but has settled down at Southampton. 

Gunn has made appearances for England at every youth level and could one day soon earn himself a call-up to the senior side. It seems he's got a big career ahead of him. 

Gunn plays for Southampton

Ianis Hagi | Attacking Midfielder | Genk | 21

Ianis, the son of the great Gheorghe Hagi, is currently turning out for Genk in the Belgian league. He's started brightly there, making 19 appearances in all competitions.

Hagi is still very young and there's plenty of time for him to emulate his father's success.

The man himself played for Barcelona and Real Madrid, retiring with a haul of trophies of and individual awards. 

Hagi is looking to follow in his father's footsteps

Gio Reyna | Attacking Midfielder | Borussia Dortmund | 18

Gio gets his footballing ability from both parents.

His father Claudio played for the likes of Bayer Leverkusen, Rangers and Man City, while his mother Danielle also turned out for the United States women's team. 

No pressure, kid. Reyna Jr currently plays for Dortmund and will hope to become the next American talent that the club nurtures into a world star.   

Reyna is also at Dortmund

So there we have it, 10 youngsters with all the hereditary talent in the world. Only time will tell if any of them surpass what their fathers did. 

Perhaps we'll revisit this article in a couple of decades when Lionel Messi's and Cristiano Ronaldo's children are all grown up? There's certainly not much pressure there...

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