The Top-10 Footballing Brothers Who Didn't Quite Make It

Matteo Bonetti@@TheCalcioGuyContributor INovember 27, 2013

The Top-10 Footballing Brothers Who Didn't Quite Make It

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    For all the failed footballers who tried to make it big time, there come a few whose brothers actually did.

    Unfortunately, these lower-league players engulfed in anonymity are jolted into the spotlight thanks to their more successful counterpart, always living in the shadow of greatness despite their limited skill set.

    Their talent, or lack thereof, is compared to the sibling who has it in wealth, and a select few even get the chance to play for a team they shouldn't even be able to sniff solely because of their surname.

    Here are 10 examples of the footballing brothers who didn't quite make it.

Digao (Kaka's Brother)

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    Perhaps the most woeful player to ever set foot on a Serie A pitch, Digao is the main reason why this article was even given birth to.

    Digao was an awkward, lanky central defender who was an antonym of Kaka in every way possible. Perhaps being Kaka's brother was actually the best thing to ever happen to him as there is no conceivable way he could have ever been a professional athlete if he wasn't.

    Infamous for scoring an own-goal brace—yes, an own-goal brace—during his time with lower-league side Rimini, Digao actually got the chance to play a few matches for Milan solely because of the accomplishments his brother had achieved.

    Incredibly, the New York Red Bulls picked him up in a desperate attempt to garner some media attention, but he hardly featured for them. One quick look on YouTube will show that this is about the best highlight you'll get of him.

Stephen Jagielka (Phil Jagielka's Brother)

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    The older, shorter brother of Everton and England national team central defender Phil Jagielka, little Steve has bounced around England's lower leagues throughout his career.

    His best years came as a fixture for Shrewsbury Town, where he wow'ed the several thousand spectators who came to watch The Blues and see his very modest skill set up close and personal.

    Stephen now plays for the Ellesmere Rangers, a semi-pro team currently competing for the West Midlands Regional title.

Simone Inzaghi (Filippo Inzaghi's Brother)

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    The younger brother of Filippo Inzaghi, Simone never quite lived up to his brother's aura. He has had, by far, the most prolific career out of anyone on this list—even though that's not saying much, he deserves an honorable mention simply because of his brother's incredible accomplishments.

    Having crafted a decent career in his own right, Simone was a poor man's Filippo in every sense. His actual ability on the ball was incredibly limited, and he carved out his trade as a striker by being a poacher who tried to be in the right place at the right time. Sound familiar?

    He scored a double-digit goal tally only one year in Serie A, when he plied his trade for Piacenza back in 1999. After that, he joined Lazio as a fringe starter but never really became a talisman of the Biancocelesti.

Paul Terry (John Terry's Brother)

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    When it comes to fidelity, the apple doesn't fall too far from the tree.

    While his brother is out captaining the English national team, destroying marriages and earning a seven-figure salary, the ginger version of John is a retired lower-league player who had his best years at Yeovil Town. 

    Weirdly enough, Paul was involved in his own bizarre relationship story when another professional player hung himself after discovering that his fiance was having an affair with Paul Terry.

Enoch Barwuah (Mario Balotelli's Brother)

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    The younger brother of Mario Balotelli currently plays for a team no one has ever heard of—AC Vallecamonica. Say that 10 times fast.

    The 20-year-old misfiring hit-man lives in his Super Mario's shadow, wearing the same atrocious designer shirts and obnoxious jewelry. The not-so-super Enoch has similar hair, and they look like almost identical twins, until you see them on a pitch of course.

John Rooney (Wayne Rooney's Brother)

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    For what he lacks in skill, he makes up for in hereditary hair-loss.

    John's transplanted-hair brother might not look the part, but he has been a wildly successful striker for Manchester United and the English national team.

    John, on the other hand, plays for Chester, a team in the fifth division of England's vast football pyramid.

    His best moments probably came when the New York Red Bulls took a chance on him. If you've learned anything in the past few slides, it's that New York Red Bull scouts will pay very close attention to this article.

Unai Casillas (Iker Casillas' Brother)

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    No soy Galactico, soy de Mostoles.

    For the dozen people who understood that line, pat yourself on the back.

    Now, who is Unai Casillas? He certainly isn't the good-looking fellow pictured above. That would be his brother, the one the entire world knows about as he became one of the greatest goalkeepers of all time with incredible displays both in Europe and in the World Cup with Spain.

    Unai, on the other hand, was so irrelevant as a footballer that there are no pictures of him on Getty Images. The last we knew of him, he played for a third-division Spanish team located in Madrid called Mostoles.

    While no one really knows, or cares, if he's still a professional football player, there's no doubt that the Casillas name has been a factor in his brief involvement in the game.

Hugo Maradona (Diego Maradona's Brother)

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    Above is a rare shot of Hugo Maradona playing with his brother Diego, who also happens to be regarded as the finest footballer the world has seen.

    Hugo's career spanned various continents and never quite had the same zing as his sibling. Having played in nine different countries, Hugo ended up coaching the Puerto Rico Islanders once he hung up his boots.

    While he wasn't a bad player by any means, it's almost impossible for him to truly craft out a name for himself without being compared to El Diez.

Tobias Schweinsteiger (Bastian Schweinsteiger's Brother)

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    Never head of Tobias Schweinsteiger? Don't worry, not many people have.

    Apart from having heavenly golden locks of hair, the brother of one of Germany's finest midfielders has few angelic qualities when it comes to playing football.

    His sub-par career has spanned teams you'd be hard-pressed to pronounce, like SpVgg Unterhaching, or teams that sound like a piece of furniture from IKEAFalke Markt Schwaben.

Paolo Cannavaro (Fabio Cannavaro's Brother)

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    Paolo Cannavaro resembles his brother on the pitch in the same way that a Kia Rio resembles a Ferrari on a test track.

    The decision by Rafael Benitez to relegate the disgraced Napoli captain to the bench is probably one of the best he has made in his career.

    While his brother was one of the finest leapers at the back, mastering the art of anticipatory defending and poise, Paolo is a slow, bumbling defender who is always prone for the idiotic red card of team-shattering penalty. 

    Now that the Partenopei have serious aspirations in Europe, it's about time they parted ways with Paolo.