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Brooklyn Beckham and the Most Talented Footballer Offspring

Ryan BaileyFeatured ColumnistNovember 1, 2013

Brooklyn Beckham and the Most Talented Footballer Offspring

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    If Brooklyn Beckham wishes to follow in the footsteps of one of his parents, he can either become a moody lip-synching pop star or a professional footballer.

    The 14-year-old appears to have chosen the latter path, having been an academy prospect at L.A. Galaxy, Chelsea and Queens Park Rangers. Now, according to Daniel Taylor of The Guardian, Brooklyn is being considered for a spot in Manchester United's youth set-up, which would see him join the club at the same age his father did. 

    In light of this mild nepotism, here are 10 more sons who have followed in the footballing father's footsteps.

    Sorry Calum Best, this one's not for you... 

Jose Mourinho Jr.

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    Jose Mourinho Jr.—dubbed "The Special Son"—was a talented goalkeeping prospect in Real Madrid's youth set-up. In September, it was revealed that the 14-year-old was offered a one-year contract with Chelsea's West London rivals, Fulham. 

    Jose Jr. plays the same position as his grandfather, Jose Mourinho Felix, who was Vitoria de Setubal's shot-stopper in the 1950s and 1960s.

Jordi Cruyff

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    Dutch legend Johan Cruyff endeared himself to Barcelona fans in 1974, when he gave his son, Jordi, a Catalan name. 

    The youngster trod in his father's footsteps at Ajax and Barcelona during his time as a youth player before Cruyff Sr. gave him his full Barcelona debut in September 1994.

    Jordi went on to play for the likes of Manchester Utd, Alaves and Espanyol, before retiring in 2010 and heading into management. He is now sporting director at Maccabi Tel Aviv.

    Cruyff Jr. was never going to live up to the lauded name on the back of his shirt—which is why he usually played with "Jordi" on it instead—but he enjoyed a pretty decent career. 

Tom Ince

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    Tom Ince, son of Paul, signed for his old man's old side, Liverpool, as a 16-year-old in 2008.

    In 2010, the promising young winger signed a loan deal with Notts County, where daddy was the manager. The England U21 has been at Blackpool for the past few seasons, where his father, Paul, joined him as manager in February 2013.  

Paolo Maldini

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    Born and raised in Milan, Paolo Maldini is an undisputed Rossoneri legend, joining the youth set-up as a 10-year-old in 1978 and finally retiring 31 years later in 2009. 

    Paolo wasn't the first Maldini to captain Milan from central defence, as his father, Cesare, fulfilled the role in the '50s and '60s, winning four scudettos and leading the 1963 side that won the European Cup.

    Paolo's sons, Christian and Daniel, are set to continue the Maldini legacy in Milan, as they have both been signed into the academy.

Michael and Brian Laudrup

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    One of few players to cross the divide between Barcelona and Real Madrid, Michael Laudrup enjoyed a highly decorated career that included eight league titles (he managed four in a row at Barca) and a European Cup. His brother, Brian, was no slouch either, representing Bayern Munich, Chelsea and Rangers, and winning the European Cup with Milan.

    Their father, Finn Laudrup, played as a striker for a number of Danish clubs and earned 19 caps for the international team. 

    Two of Michael's children have also become professional footballers, with Mads playing at FC Helsingør and younger son Andreas recently playing for Nordsjælland in the Champions League. 

Jamie Redknapp

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    Harry Redknapp is best known as a nonwheeler-dealer manager these days, but he played as a midfielder at West Ham and Bournemouth—both clubs he would later take charge of. 

    His son, Jamie, started out in the Tottenham youth team but switched to Bournemouth to begin his senior career under his father. He returned to Spurs via a lengthy stay in Liverpool and retired at Southampton in the season that 'Arry relegated them.

    Jamie's cousin, Frank Lampard, has also been known to kick a ball or two at Chelsea. It's not known if Jamie invites him over for Wii sessions, though.  

Eidur Gudjohnsen

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    Former Chelsea and Barcelona forward Eidur Gudjohnsen is still playing at Club Brugge at the age of 35, having started his career in Reykjavík in 1994.

    Eidur's father, Arnor Gudjohnsen, was also a prominent Icelandic striker, enjoying the best of his career in Belgium with Anderlecht.

    The two strikers were only 17 years apart in age and became the only father-and-son combo to play in the same match when the son came on for his father as a substitute in a 1996 friendly in Estonia.

    The pair were destined to play together at the same time in an international match on home soil, but the plan was scuppered when Eidur broke his ankle. 

Kasper Schmeichel

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    One of very few Danes to speak English with a Manchester accent, Peter Schmeichel was almost certainly the greatest goalkeeper of the Premier League era in his Manchester United pomp. 

    His son, Kasper, actually joined the Red Devils' noisy neighbours, Manchester City, as a schoolboy, where he eventually made eight first-team starts amid a spate of loan deals.

    In 2011, he joined Leicester City, teaming him up with manager Sven-Goran Eriksson for the third time in his career. He has been the Foxes' No. 1 since, and is considered one of the Championship's best goalkeepers.

Diego Forlan

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    Uruguayan striker Diego Forlan had a devastating impact on La Liga during spells with Villarreal and Atletico Madrid, but he was actually a tennis player in his youth.

    His head was undoubtedly turned toward the beautiful game by his father, Pablo, who represented Uruguay as a defender in the 1966 and 1974 World Cups. 

    Diego's grandfather, Juan Carlos Corazzo, was also a footballer, who coached the Uruguayan national team for three separate spells. 

Javier Hernandez

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    Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez is loved in Mexico because he comes from a long line of successful footballers.

    He is known as "Chicharito" not because he looke like a "little pea," but because his father was "El Chicharo," who played as a midfielder for the Mexican national team as well as a host of domestic clubs.

    Chicharito's grandfather, Tomas Balcazar, was also a popular Mexican player, who won eight championships in 10 years at his grandson's eventual first club, Guadalajara. 

    Tomas scored for Mexico in the 1954 World Cup against France at the age of 22. This was the same age of his grandson when he repeated the feat against Les Bleu at the 2010 final. Here, Hernandez recalls the story, to the chagrin of Patrice Evra. 

     

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