Soccer is a sport that has been part of so many fans lives for so long now that they have had the unique honor of watching generations of footballers step onto the pitch. There will always be stand out footballers in every generation, but what happens when their own family has already cast a large shadow?
There are a number of fathers who have definitely been seen as better footballers than their children, whilst there are also a number of siblings who have been seen as much better as well. Football is a sport that will always be able to judge players based on their last match, rather than their career overall.
There are so many legends of the game who have retired and now take their place as pundits or in the technical area since they've switched their shorts for a suit in the hopes that their time as part of the game will help them to lead another team to greatness. Football is a taught sport and sometimes being related to a legend and living in their shadow can be much more of a hindrance to young footballers than it is a blessing.
Siblings are becoming more and more common in the sport in this era and there are currently a number of siblings in the game at the same clubs, but even siblings have a deep routed competitive nature and the fans will know which one they think is the best.
The following list looks at just 10 soccer fathers who many believe were much better players than their own children, as well as 10 brothers who have been able to overshadow their own siblings throughout their respective careers.
20 Father: Ian Wright > Bradley Wright-Phillips
Ian Wright was always going to be a tough person to follow, he was one the leading goal scorer for Arsenal after he netted more than 300 goals for The Gunners and England in what was an impressive career.
Bradley wasn't able to recreate his father's flair and after disappointing stints at Manchester City and Southampton, he found himself stuck in the lower leagues of England.
It was only when Bradley made the move over to the MLS that he was finally able to reach his peak with the New York Red Bulls. Bradley has since scored 97 goals in 154 appearances for the Eastern Conference side.
19 Sibling: Gary Neville > Phil Neville
Phil Neville has always stood in the shadow of his older brother Gary, even though the two siblings started off at Manchester United together, it was Gary who went on to become a legend, while Phil moved on to a career at Everton after more than 10 years with The Red Devils.
Gary is one of the most decorated footballers of all time, having won a total of 20 trophies in his career, while his brother Phil went on to spent the final eight years of his career at Everton before his retirement from football in 2013. It was a tough act to follow.
18 Father: Steve Bruce > Alex Bruce
Steve Bruce is perhaps best known for his managerial skills currently managing Premier League sides Sunderland and Wigan in recent years, but he is currently at the helm of Aston Villa. Bruce also had a successful playing career, captaining Man United throughout the 1990s before transitioning into management.
His son Alex has tried to follow in his father's footsteps but after a stint with Blackburn, he worked under his father at Birmingham, but allegations of nepotism meant that he was sold to Ipswich back in 2006. He was most recently seen playing for Wigan Athletic at the end of last season.
17 Sibling: Rafael Da Silva > Fabio Da Silva
Both Da Silva twins rose to fame when they joined Manchester United back in 2008 and while Rafael went on to make more than 100 appearances for the former Premier League Champions before he was sold to Ligue 1 side Lyon back in 2015, his brother Fabio hasn't been seen on the same level.
After just 22 appearances for Manchester United, Fabio was sold to Cardiff City.
The team went on to suffer their worst season in more than seven years and Fabio was then sold to newly promoted Premier League side Middlesbrough in 2016 where he continues to play as a full-back.
16 Father: Brian Clough > Nigel Clough
Brian Clough is perhaps best remembered for his time as a manager, but it's easy to forget that his strike rate was one of the best in the sport when he was a player. Clough netted 251 in 274 games for Middlesbrough and Southampton before a knee injury forced him to cut his career short.
His son Nigel played under his father at Nottingham Forest before moving on to Manchester United and Liverpool. Despite playing for much bigger clubs, Nigel was never able to reach his father's level, but later followed him into management as a player/manager at Burton Albion.
15 Brother: Xabi Alonso > Mikel Alonso
Football fans can be forgiven for forgetting that Xabi Alonso even had a brother since the former Liverpool and Real Madrid midfielder has been tearing defenses apart for more than a decade. Alonso also won the World Cup with Spain back in 2010, after he also helped the country to win the UEFA European Cup two years earlier.
His brother Mikel only made it to English sides Bolton Wanderers and Charlton Athletic before joining Real Union back in 2014. Whilst his brother has been playing in Champions League and World Cup finals throughout his career, Mikel has seemingly preferred to stay out of the spotlight.
14 Father: Zinedine Zidane > Enzo Zidane
Zinedine Zidane is a legend in France after helping his club to win the World Cup for the first time in 1998, scoring twice in the final. In his domestic career, he won two Serie A league titles with Juventus which led to a world record move to Real Madrid for €77.5 million in 2001.
Zidane's son Enzo has since attempted to follow in his footsteps and in 2017, he was called up for the Champions League final by his father.
Real would go on to win against Juventus, but stints at Alavés and Lausanne-Sport led him to sign for La Liga side Rayo Majadahonda earlier this year.
13 Sibling: John Terry > Paul Terry
John Terry is the former captain of both England and Chelsea and is the London side's most successful captain having led them to five Premier League titles, four FA Cups, three League Cups, the UEFA Europa League and the UEFA Champions League title. Terry also became the club's highest scoring defender, who most recently played for Aston Villa.
His brother Paul is a retired professional footballer who is just two years older than John, but he was unable to follow his brother's career since his highlights include stints at Yeovil Town, Leyton Orient, and Darlington before he opted to walk away from the sport in 2012.
12 Father: Mike Summerbee > Nicky Summerbee
Many older football fans will remember the impact that Mike had on the Man City team throughout his career, playing over 350 times for the Maine Road-based side throughout the 1960s. It was during this period of his career that he went on to eat eight England caps and played at right wing.
His son Nicky began his career at Swindon Town before following his father to Maine Road.
Even though he made more than 131 appearances for Man City, Nicky went on to retire from football at Tranmere back in 2006 before making the transition into a TV pundit.
11 Sibling: Rio Ferdinand > Anton Ferdinand
Former England and Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand is a household name around the world following his stint with the Premier League champions that spanned more than a decade. Ferdinand helped the Red Devils to win the league in his first season and is one of the most decorated English footballers of all time.
His brother Anton started his career at West Ham United, before moving on to Sunderland and even joining QPR but he left before his brother joined the London side. Anton was unable to reflect the success that his brother had in the Premier League and currently plays for Southend United in League One.
10 Father: Kenny Dalglish > Paul Dalglish
Kenny Dalglish was a goal machine throughout his football career and as a player and manager, he was able to lift numerous trophies with Liverpool and Celtic and even won the Premier League with Blackburn Rovers.
King Kenny signed his son Paul while he was at Newcastle, but after a career that saw him on the books at Hibs, Blackpool and MLS side Houston Dynamo, Paul decided to retire from the sport back in 2008 after a season at Scottish side Kilmarnock. Paul has since followed his father into management and is currently in the hot seat at Miami FC.
9 Sibling: Yaya Toure > Kolo Toure
Yaya Toure is the younger one of the Toure brothers, but even though Kolo's career has seen him play for the likes of Liverpool and Manchester City before moving over to the Scottish Leagues to wind down at the end of his career, Yaya has been the brother who has always stood out.
Yaya really shone when he joined Manchester City and played on the team alongside his brother.
The former Ivory Coast captain went on to captain his domestic team as well on a number of occasions and even helped the club to win the Premier League on three occasions.
8 Father: Teddy Sheringham > Charlie Sheringham
Teddy Sheringham managed to continue to play professionally until he was 42-years-old and is best known for stints at Manchester United and Everton as well as playing his part in a number of World Cup campaigns with England.
Sheringham's son Charlie found it much harder to adapt to life as a footballer than his father and despite starting his career at Crystal Palace, he has found his feet in lower league sides including Dartmouth, Wellington United and Ebbsfleet United. He is currently on the books at National league side Hemel Hempstead Town after announcing his return to the club a few months ago.
7 Sibling: Christian Benteke > Jonathan Benteke
Christian Benteke is perhaps best known for his time at Aston Villa where he was seen as one of the teams best players, he has since played for Liverpool before moving to Crystal Palace back in 2016. Benteke has also been capped 34 times for the Belgium national team and helped the side to reach the quarter-finals of UEFA Euro 2016.
Benteke's brother Jonathan is hoping to follow in his footsteps, but a knee injury cut his time at Crystal Palace short after just one appearance and the former Premier League footballer is currently playing for League Two side Oldham Athletic.
6 Father: Paul Ince > Tom Ince
Paul Ince wasn't able to carve out a successful managerial career when his playing career came to an end, but after playing for the likes of Man United, Inter Milan, Liverpool and England his son was always destined for greatness.
At 19, Tom was trying to push his way into the Liverpool team but he was unsuccessful.
He has since gone on to play for the likes of Blackpool, Hull, and Derby. Ince currently plies his trade at Huddersfield Town, which makes his resume less appealing than his fathers but at 26 years old, there Ince still has a few decent years ahead of him.
5 Sibling: Samuel Eto'o > Etienne Eto'o
Given the success Samuel Eto'o has achieved in his career, it's hard not to feel bad for his siblings who have to live in his shadow. Eto'o is a Cameroon international but he has made an impact at some of the biggest clubs in the world including Chelsea, Barcelona and Inter Milan.
Eto'o has two younger brothers, but neither has earned a call-up to the Cameroon national team since Etienne was last seen at a professional club more than six years ago when he was playing for FC Lustenau in Austria while David's last professional appearance came at Slovenia's FC Kope when he was just 24.
4 Father: Johan Cruyff > Jordi Cruyff
Johan Cruyff is still considered to be the greatest player to ever hail from Holland, after winning the Balon d'Or three times and picking up the golden boot at the 1974 World Cup. He was the driving force behind the style the Netherlands still plays today.
Jordi knew that he had a tough act to follow.
Interestingly, it was his father who gave him his debut at the Nou Camp when he was in charge at Barcelona, before he moved to England to escape his father's shadow, but this didn't work out well for him since he later moved to La Liga and then retired at little-known Maltese club Valletta in 2010.
3 Sibling: Eden Hazard > Kylian Hazard
Eden Hazard has lit up the Premier League while playing for Chelsea over the past few years and even helped the club to the Europa League title in 2013 and the Premier League title on two occasions. Eden was even given the honor of captaining Belgium for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, where he helped his country take third place.
His brother Kylian is just 22 years old but his career hasn't been able to mirror his brothers, although he did join Chelsea back in 2017, and even though he is currently performing for the developmental squad, he could still play alongside his brother in the future.
2 Father: Peter Schmeichel > Kasper Schmeichel
Peter Schmeichel is widely considered to be one of the best goalkeepers of all time, after captaining Manchester United in one of their most successful seasons back in 1999 when they won the treble.
The Great Dane was even able to help Denmark win UEFA Euro 1992 before he retired from the game back in 2003.
Impressively, his son Kasper decided to step between the sticks as well and has crafted out quite a career for himself. Kasper has already won a Premier League title with Leicester City and helped Denmark to the last 16 of the World Cup earlier this year.
1 Brother: Florent Malouda > Lesly Malouda
Florent Malouda is perhaps best remembered for his time playing for Chelsea and the France national team, where Malouda helped Chelsea to win both the Champions League and Premier League, but he has recently moved out of the spotlight by joining teams in India and Egypt including Delhi Dynamos and Wadi Degla.
Malouda also has a younger brother called Lesly who has spent much of his career at smaller clubs in France including Atlético Baleares, Toulouse Fontaines Club, Dijon Football Côte d'Or and while his brother was playing for Les Bleus. Lesley was capped six times for French Guiana as part of the 2012 Caribbean Championships.