“A father is someone you look up to, no matter how tall you grow.”
With Father’s Day just around the corner, we wanted to take a look at fathers and sons that played in the midfield.
The relationship between a father and son is a special one.
And sharing something in common with your father, like supporting the same team is indeed special.
But playing in the same midfield position and achieving the same level of success as your father did, well that’s just extraordinary.
In this list we highlight some of those extraordinary father and son relationships.
Miguel and Xabi Alonso
Miguel played for Real Sociedad (five years) and Barcelona (three).
He appeared in 273 games and scores 42 goals over the course of ten seasons.
He also played for Spain (two years), representing the country at the 1982 World Cup.
After his playing career ended he coached a few Basque clubs in Spain.
Xabi also had a success at Real Sociedad (five years) before moving to Liverpool (five years).
After having five illustrious seasons at Liverpool, he moved onto Real Madrid (five years) helping them achieve ‘La Decima‘ – the 10th UEFA Champions League title.
He then went on to play for Bayern Munich (three years) after which he retired from football.
He appeared in 547 games and scored 35 goals over his career.
Like his father he also appeared for Spain (fourteen years), representing them in the 2006, 2010 and 2014 World Cups.
His 114 caps make him the seventh-most capped player in the nation’s history.
Johan and Jordi Cruyff
Johan Cruyff needs no introduction in football. He is famous for the ‘Cruyff turn’
He had great success at Ajax (eleven years) and Barcelona (five years).
He appeared in 514 games and scored 290 goals in his time playing.
He is perhaps the greatest footballer from Netherlands and also one of the best ever.
He represented his country in the 1974 World Cup.
Jordi had a fairly successful professional career.
He played for Barcelona (four years), Manchester United (four years), Alavés (three years) and Espanyol (1 year).
He appeared 299 times and scored 55 goals in his career.
Zinedine Zidane and Enzo Fernandez
One of the greatest midfielder’s of his generation.
He played for Bordeaux (four years), Juventus (five years) and Real Madrid (five years).
He appeared 506 times and scored 95 goals in his time playing.
Represented his country in the 1998 (World Cup Winner) and 2006 (2nd place) World Cup.
Unfortunately, most people will only remember him for the now famous headbutt, but his great achievements should not be tarnished by a momentary lapse of judgement.
Enzo is the eldest son of Zidane.
He is currently playing for Real Madrid (1 year)
He has appeared 16 times and scored 2 goals so far in his early career.
Mazinho and Thiago Alcantara and Rafinha
He played for Vasco da Gama (five years), Valencia (two years) and Celta Vigo (four years).
He appeared 371 times and scored 17 goals.
Represented his country in the 1994 World Cup.
He played for Barcelona (four years) and currently plays for Bayern Munich (five years).
He appeared 223 times and scored 22 goals.
Represented his country in the 2013 World Cup.
He played for Barcelona (six years), Celta (1 year) and currently playing for Inter (1 year).
He appeared 181 times and scored 34 goals.
Harry Redknapp and Jamie Redknapp
He played for West Ham United (seven years) and AFC Bournemouth (four years).
He appeared 276 times and scored 12 goals.
He help to guide Tottenham into the UEFA Champions League.
He played for Bournemouth (two years), Liverpool (eleven years) and Tottenham Hotspur (three years).
He appeared 314 times and scored 34 goals.
Paul Ince and Tom Ince
He was the first black player to captain the England national team.
He played for West Ham United (three years), Manchester United (six years), Inter (two years) and Liverpool (two years).
He appeared 609 times and scored 73 goals.
Represented his country in the 1994 and 1998 World Cup.
He played for Liverpool (one year), Blackpool (three years) and is currently playing for Huddersfield Town (one year).
He appeared 265 times and scored 73 goals.
Thanks for reading, which other father and son that played in midfield do you think is missing from our list? Let us know below.