Zidane, Maldini, Neville, and their sons who aim to emulate their father.

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A lot of pressure comes with being the son of a football legend such as Zidane, Maldini, Kluivert, as much is expected from you due to the weight of the name and big shoe left by their fathers and creating a path of their own in the football world.

Futballnews looks at some of the football legends whose sons are following their footsteps.


Maxim Gullit, son of Ruud Gullit and great-nephew of Barcelona legend Johan Cruyff,  his trying to carve a niche for himself and his a junior player at  Jong AZ,  he made his debut last season when he came off the bench for Dutch second division side Jong AZ Alkmaar for his first taste of senior action.

The talented teenager has become a more regular starter this season and looks set to play an integral part for his team since his cameo appearance.

Maxim and Ruud Guilit


Zinedine Zidane is a former player of Juventus and Real Madrid and currently one of the best coaches in the world. He has three sons who are following his footstep as a footballer.

Enzo Zidane, 25, is an attacking midfielder who plays for Almeria on loan from Portuguese side Aves. Enzo plays in a similar role to his father and his playing his football with the Spanish side, he started his career from the Real Madrid B team but was shipped out to Portuguese club Aves who sent him back on loan to Spain. Enzo still has some way to go before he can come near his father’s achievement.

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Luca, 22, is a goalkeeper who plays with the Real Madrid B team. His father gave him his debut against Villareal in a 2-2 draw; he has since gone on loan to second division side Racing Santander for the 2019-2020 season. Luca plays in a different position to his father, but the future his bright for the goalkeeper.

Theo Zidane, 18, an attacking midfielder similar to his brother Luca Zidane and father, plays for the Real Madrid under-19 team as he develops his game and hopes to make the same mark as his father.


Harvey, 18, is the son of Manchester United Gary Neville, started as a midfielder but moved to full back, a position is a father excelled in as captain of the Red devils. Harvey Neville moved from the United youth team to Valencia, Spain, when his father took charge of the senior team, but later moved to Manchester City, where he won the Under-13 championship; he his now back at Manchester United. The young full-back is sure to make an impact on the game and possibly become a cult hero like his father.

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Harvey Neville and Gary Neville


Justin Kluivert, 21,  is the son of former Barcelona and Dutch striker Patrick Kluikert. Justin is a product of Ajax famed academy, where he became a sensation and was subject to numerous transfer rumors from top European clubs. Before he moved to Italian giant Roma in a transfer worth over 14 million, he has five goals and two assists for his club this season, as Justin settles into the shoes of his father only time will tell if he can walk or even run in them.

Justin and Patrick Kluivert

Daniel Maldini

Paolo Maldini is a name that strikes fear into the heart of the best striker in the world as the name is synonymous to one of the best defensive players in the world.

Daniel Maldini, 18,  plays as an attacking midfielder a polar opposite to his father’s playing position. Daniel Maldini plays for Ac Milan and made his debut against Hellas Verona as the third generation of the Maldini to play for the same club as his grandfather was also a captain of the club. The talented Maldini may not play in the same position as the father but will surely make a name for himself.

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Paolo Maldini

Erling Haland

Haland, 20, is a striker and the son of former Man City midfielder Alg-inge Halaand, his father was a combative midfielder in the English topflight, but his career was famously cut short by a horror tackle from Roy Keane. 


Erling Haland hit the ground running since the start of his career at Molde in Norway before he moved to Salzburg, where he became a sensation in the Champions League before ending a prolonged transfer saga to Dortmund where he has also broken records with eight goals in five matches. 

The Norwegian his surely destined for greater things, and with early signs, he will most likely surpass his father’s achievements as a footballer.

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