The world of soccer is incredibly competitive and difficult to break in to. So many youngsters around the globe want to become professional soccer players and only a precious few ever get to realize such aspirations. It is perhaps surprising, then, that so many players have had fathers, uncles or brothers who played/are playing the game. Eiður Guðjohnsen almost got the chance to play alongside his father for the Icelandic national team back in 1996, but instead replaced his Dad as a sub and injury prevented the pair from ever having the opportunity to do so again.
There is also the odd case of brother and sister soccer players, such as Eniola Aluko and Sone Aluko; Eniola plays for Chelsea Ladies and the England Women's National Football Team whilst Sone chose to represent the Nigerian Men's National Team and plays for Premier League side Hull City. However, this list is in regards to the 'Top 15 Brothers in Soccer History'.
Unsurprisingly, there is usually a superior brother who is clearly more talented. Some exceptional players have brothers who play professionally but at a much lower level. For example, Wayne Rooney is one of the most decorated players in the Premier League, whilst his brother also plays professionally for Chester in the Conference, the fifth tier of English football. This list is in reference to the brothers' collective ability, so preferably brothers who are both distinguished soccer players in their own right.
15 Filippo & Simone - Inzaghi
14 Sven & Lars - Bender
13 Eden & Thorgan - Hazard
12 Hamit & Halil - Altintop
11 Jerome & Kevin Prince - Boateng
10 Diego & Gabriel - Milito
9 Ronald & Erwin - Koeman
8 Fabio & Paolo - Cannavaro
7 Yaya & Kolo - Toure
6 Frank & Ronald - de Boer
5 Gary & Phil - Neville
4 Franco & Giuseppe - Baresi
3 Bobby & Jack - Charlton
2 Rai & Socrates - Souza Vieira de Oliveira
1 Brian & Michael - Laudrup
Brian Laudrup would be regarded as the finest player in Denmark's history, if it weren't for his pesky older brother Michael. Brian was named Denmark Footballer of the Year on four occasions (more than any other player), winning trophies in Denmark, Italy, Germany and Scotland in a career which saw him turn out for the likes of Bayern Munich, Fiorentina, AC Milan, Rangers, Chelsea and Ajax, he was also nominated for three Ballon d'Ors. Brother Michael though, was even more impressive, winning five La Liga titles, a Serie A title, an Eredevise title, a European Cup, a UEFA Super Cup and more. He played his best football at Juventus, Real Madrid and Barcelona, although he also played for Brondby, Lazio and Ajax, among others. He was in the Ballon d'Or top 10 voting on four occasions and was named the best foreign player to play in Spain between the years 1974 and 1999.
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