The odds of becoming a professional footballer aren’t good. Only the fewest of the few make a living from the game and an even smaller number make it to the level that regularly puts them before our eyes.
But are footballers born or made?
Based on these famous football families it seems very much luck like genes play a part. If two brothers can play in a World Cup final together there has to be something said for nature over nurture in football.
The Charlton brothers did exactly that in 1966, helping England to triumph. There are plenty of other examples of brothers who have played together at the highest level, not to mention families with as many as three generations who’ve starred in the sport.
Here are some of football's most talented families.