World football legend Pele spoke of the great pride he had when watching his son turn out for his former club Santos at the weekend.
Joshua turned out for the Santos Under-17 side as he began the unenviable task of becoming a success in a sport that his father is widely regarded by many to be the greatest that ever played it.
Pele played for Santos for 18 years and scored his 1000th career goal while at the Brazilian side, so there should be no pressure on young Joshua then.
Should Joshua make it to the first team he is likely to be the nest son of a famous player that has had to deal with his father’s reputation.
The re is probably no bigger name that Pele for a son to live up to but GMF wishes young Joshua well in all his endeavours.
This story got GMF thinking about some other father and son combinations in football.
We have done some serious reminiscing and come up with some other notable combinations of a famous football man and his boy.
Here they are:
Paolo & Cesare Maldini
Cesare Maldini was a fine player in his own right, playing for AC Milan between 1954 and 1966, but his son is the Maldini most modern fans will think of.
Paolo is known as one of the greatest defenders to have played the game and is held up as rare example of loyalty in football because he only ever played for Milan. That is some feat for a career that lasted nearly 25 years and ended with his retirement at the age of 41.
Cesare managed his son while in charge of the Italy Under-21s, the senior Azzuri side and during a short second stint as AC Milan boss.
Johan & Jordi Cruyff
The overlord of Dutch football, Johan Cruyff was as big a name as you could get in European club football so Jordi was never likely to live up to the name of his father.
That’s probably why he chose not to have it on the back of his shirt during an unspectacular, though better than average, career that took him from Barcelona to Manchester United.
Jordi was brought through the Camp Nou youth system by his father but did not establish himself in the first team and made the switch to the Premier League.
Frank & Frank Lampard
In the grand scale of things, Frank Lampard snr had a very good professional career by winning two FA Cups with West Ham United and becoming something of Hammers favourite.
The same cannot be said of his son, in either respect. Frank senior did start out at West Ham but isn’t really one of their favourites any more. His move to Chelsea put paid to that, as well as emulating his father’s career. Lampard Jr has won three Premier League titles, four FA Cups and a UEFA Champions League.
Senior Frank was assistant manager to Harry Redknapp when his son broke into the West Ham first team as a young attacking midfielder.
Zinedine & Enzo Zidane
Zizou was not only a legend in his native France but also for each of the club sides he played for, most notably Real Madrid and Juventus.
A World Cup final match-winner, a leading role in France’s victorious Euro 2000 compaign, two Serie A titles, one La Liga title and one of the greatest ever goals scored to win a UEFA Champions League final – all amount to a formidable reputation attached to a family name.
This is probably why it was wise of young Enzo to go by the name of Fernandez to avoid any comparisons but his attempts to stay under the radar failed once he showed a familiar naughty streak.
Enzo made headlines while playing for a Real Madrid youth side when he was sent off for two rash challenges just a few minutes after being introduced as a substitute.
Zidane has been doing some work with los Blancos’ youth sides alongside his duties as director of football at the Santiago Bernabeu, but has indicated he will go into youth coaching once he finishes his badges – possibly to help guide his son.
Can you think of any more father and son combinations? Leave a comment below to let us know...
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