13 famous footballers' sons who could be destined for big things

Having a professional player for a dad must help your chances, right? Greg Lea take a look at some of the families with the football gene...

1. Christian Maldini

When Paolo Maldini called time on a 24-year professional career with Milan in 2009, the No.3 shirt was retired in his honour. The jersey will never be worn again unless one of Maldini’s two sons makes it at the club, with Christian the eldest and best placed to follow in his father’s and grandfather’s footsteps – Cesare was the first Maldini to make his name with the Rossoneri.

2. Luka Zahovic

Born in Portugal, playing in the Netherlands and representing Slovenia at under-21 level, Zahovic could enjoy a similarly peripatetic career as dad Zlatko, who worked in Serbia, Portugal, Greece, Spain and Slovenia during his playing days. After a promising couple of years with Maribor, Luka was signed by Heerenveen last summer for around €700,000.

3. Oan Djorkaeff

Youri Djorkaeff was himself the son of a footballer, with dad Jean representing Lyon, Marseille, PSG and Paris FC between 1958 and 1974, as well as winning 48 France caps. Youri’s career was even more impressive – 82 international appearances and spells at Inter, PSG and Monaco – and Oan has now extended the dynasty further, with Evian’s 19-year-old midfielder also tipped to represent his country in the future.

4. Niall Keown 

Like father Martin, Niall Keown is a centre-back currently plying his trade at Reading. The 21-year-old made two substitute appearances for the first team last term but has been limited to the Royals’ development squad in 2015/16, while he also made his Republic of Ireland debut at U21 level earlier this year. Having signed a three-year deal at Reading last summer, Keown appears to be part of the Championship club’s plans going forward.

5. Ianis Hagi

The 17-year-old Ianis has made 36 appearances for Viitorul Constanța in the Romanian top flight, with the country’s public hoping he can go on and replicate Gheorghe by playing for his country. He’s already notched two goals in two games for Romania’s U19s, although he’ll have done extremely well if he manages to match his father’s achievements.

6. Tom Rosenthal 

Former Liverpool, Tottenham and Watford striker Ronnie Rosenthal turned out for Israel 60 times, but son Tom seems keen to represent Belgium – the country of his mother’s birth – on the international scene. The teenager, who joined QPR from Zulte Waregem last year, has 11 caps for the Red Devils’ U19 side.

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