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

Justin Kluivert, son of Patrick, scored his first competitive goal for Ajax during their Eredivisie game at Excelsior. Greg Lea takes a look at some more kids who inherited the footballing genes

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1. Justin Kluivert

Ajax's latest teen on the scene is the 17-year-old Kluivert. The right-winger has represented the Netherlands from U15 level up to the U18s so far, and looks well placed to establish himself at Ajax in the short-term future. 

Still, he'll have a job emulating his father, who scored a Champions League final-winning goal against Milan in 1995 aged only 18. Daaaaaad.

2. Giovanni Simeone

While Diego's had his fair share of glory in charge of Atletico Madrid, son Giovanni is currently starring in Serie A having joined Genoa from River Plate in August. Gio, top scorer at the 2015 South American Youth Football Championship, has plundered 10 goals in his 20 league appearances for the Grifone – including a brace in their 3-1 win over Juventus in November. Like father like son indeed. 

3. Leroy Sané

Unlike many of the names on this list, Sané doesn't need much of an introduction. The Manchester City forward shot to prominence as one of the Bundesliga's standout young players, before securing a £37m move to Pep Guardiola's team last summer. Father Souleyman also spent time in Germany during his career, with Freiburg, Nurnberg and Wattenscheid benefitting from the Senegalese’s services in the 1980s and 1990s.   

Leroy Sane

Sane has grown into his new surroundings in Manchester

4. Rivaldinho 

It doesn’t take a genius to work out the identity of Rivaldinho’s dad. The 21-year-old will probably never be able to match the accomplishments of ex-Barcelona and Brazil attacking midfielder Rivaldo – who includes the Champions League, Copa America and World Cup among his trophies – but nevertheless looks to have carved out a career for himself. Father and son even scored in the same match in 2015, with both forwards netting in Mogi Mirim’s 3-1 defeat of Macae in July 2015.

A 2015 spell at Portuguese outfit Boavista didn’t go at all to plan, but he landed himself a move to Internacional in May 2016 and will hope to establish himself in the new season.