10 Footballers That will Never Outdo Their Fathers’ Successes

Footballers can often cast a shadow on their sons. Let’s take a look at 10 footballers that will never outdo their fathers’ successes, at least on the football pitch.

Giovanni Simeone

The Simiones.Photo credit:goal.com

Diego Simeone, the current Atletico coach is no doubt one of the greatest managers on planet earth. Let’s not forget he was a boss in his position as an energetic defensive midfielder in his playing days, winning a vast range of trophies. His son is a striker though, a decent one at that, and plays for Fiorentina and is even an Argentine international but let’s be honest lads, his dad has already cast a big shadow that he will have to work hard to overgrow. He has got the potential though. Even Frank Lampard managed to outdo his father’s success.


Justin Kluivert

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Justin.photo credit:goal.com


The nineteen-year-old has just signed for Roma this summer from Ajax after being linked with a move to Man United. He is definitely going to have a good career. When his father,Patrick, was his age though, he had already won an Eredivisie and scored the winning goal in a Champions League final. He would end up having successful spells at AC Milan and Barcelona and struck 40 goals for his country, becoming the third highest ever goalscorer.

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Patrick. photocredit:goal.com

Cristiano Ronaldo Junior

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I’ll be honest lads, I may be a bit harsh because Ronaldo junior is just a class three kid who is just eight years old. When I was eight years old, I was absolutely terrified of dogs and needed an escort to school every morning. We all know how much he has always been the spotlight all his life courtesy of his dad’s success. The only stone left unturned is we have no Idea who his mother is. In the clips I have seen of him so far, the boy looks like he has some skills. It’s his father’s dream to see him become a professional footballer. The boy looks like he will become a good player but let’s be honest, I don’t think he will ever emulate or even outdo Ronaldo senior, who is undoubtedly one of the greatest ever players to have ever graced a football pitch.


Tom Ince



I don’t know why Tom Ince keeps on wanting to come back to the Premier league when it’s clearly shown him it doesn’t want him. It’s like trying to keep on approaching a girl who clearly doesn’t like you. A failure at Liverpool, Crystal Palace, Hull City and most recently Huddersfield(in a way). He rips the championship to shreds though. But then again so did Adel Taarabt. Inter Milan was interested in him once. Presumably because they used to employ his dad Paul, who played for Man United, Liverpool and Inter Milan and has  earned 53 caps for England.(photocredits:goal.com)

Devante Cole


The lad is twenty three years old on loan at Burton Albion from Wigan Athletic, a club which clearly no longer needs his services. When his dad, Andy, was of that age, he was completing a big money move to Manchester United and would go on to become the third highest premier league goalscorer of all time. The boy is even yet to get a taste of premier league football.


Kasper Schmeichel

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This is controversial because Kasper already is a premier league winner with Leicester and was getting linked with a move to Old Trafford two years ago. Not bad for a Man City reject. But honestly, he will never reach his dad Peter’s legendary status. He is arguably the greatest premier league player of all time. His trophy cabinet just goes to prove it.


Enzo Fernandez

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Zidane with son Enzo.Photo credit:goal.com

This is Zinedine Zidane’s son. Probably doesn’t want the name Zidane splashed on the back of his shirt because he doesn’t want to handle the pressure that comes with being the son of one of the greatest players to ever grace a football pitch. The guy has been named vice captain of Castilia and has a champions league medal lying in his cabinet at home. I think we all know why. He is currently plying his trade at CF Rayo Majadahonda on loan from Swiss club FC Lausanne-Sport.


Timothy Weah


I have read stories of Ali Dia, the man who convinced Graham Souness that he was George Weah’s cousin and got himself minutes of premier league football. Haha. The guys don’t even look alike. This is how a relative of G. Weah looks like.

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Timothy Weah.Photocredit:goal

Not this.

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Ali Dia claimed to be George Weah’s cousin.Photo credit:the42.ie

Anyway, Timothy has already played five times for the US and has already scored a goal for the PSG first team. His father however, is a ballon d’or winner, has played for Monaco, AC Milan and Chelsea, is Thierry Henry’s role model and is president of Liberia. I don’t think Timothy will reach such heights.

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George Weah in his glory days.Photo credit:goal.com
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Weah handling Arsene Wenger the most honourary award in Liberia.Photo credit: The East African


Jordan Larsson

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Jordan.Photo credit:espn.com

Jordan was born when his son Henrick had just signed for Celtic. Now he has just represented his country Sweden. Jordan is a talented striker but nowhere near his dad’s standards,Henrik Larsson. The man is a champions league winner, a Swedish legend and morden club football legend for some of Europe’s biggest clubs. At the age of 21, he is currently playing for IFK Norrköping, a club I have never heard of in my 20 year stay on  planet earth.

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Henrick.Photo credit:goal.com


Diego Poyet

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Diego Poyet.Photo credit:goal.com

He recently played for Papos FC with Cyprus and like his dad, is currently unemployed. Gus Poyet played for Chelsea and West Ham and was a good player. His son is decent but not at his old man’s standards.

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Gus Poyet.Photo credit.goal.com

Bradley and Shaun Wright-Phillips

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Bradle Wright-Phillips celebrates scoring ffor the New York Red Bulls in a past match.Photo credit:goal.com
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Shawn Wright-Phillips playing for Chelsea.Photo credit:goal.com

Let’s start with Bradley. He started his career promisingly scoring goals for fun in the Man City Academy before joining Southampton where he scored 24 goals in 120 appearances. He then failed miserably at Plymouth and Charlton Athletic before moving to the New York Red Bulls aged 28 where he is a world beater. In the case of Shaun Wright Phillips, he started decently for Man City when they a mid table side before joining Chelsea in 2006 and then rejoining City after the Arab Money take-over. It’s essentially like dumping your wife when she is broke before wanting to get back to her after she wins the lottery. He failed to make it at City, moved to QPR where he was equally not good enough before joining his brother at New York Red Bulls. At the age of 34, he is currently plying his trade at Phoenix Rising FC.Their dad, Ian, is the premier league’s 18th highest goal scorer of all time and a club legend for Arsenal.

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Ian Wright is an Arsenal legend.Photo credit:goal.com

That’s all for today.Give it a like,share ,comments on what you think and who I should have added and as always,I will hope to write for you more.


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