Fathers and sons who played football

Jordi Cruyff during the launch of his father Johan Cruyff's autobiography in Spanish and Catalan in 2016.
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For so many football fans, love of the beautiful game is inherited from a family member. Often, it is a passion passed from fathers to sons.

Sometimes, talent with the ball runs in the family too. And while it can be hard for a son to live up to the success of a famous father, there are many examples throughout the history of the game of players who have tried – and many who have gone on to have more success than their dads.

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Ben Hayward
Weekend editor

Ben Hayward is the Weekend Editor of FourFourTwo. A European football writer and Tottenham Hotspur fan with over 15 years’ experience, he has covered games all over the world - including three World Cups, several Champions League finals, Euros, Copa America - and has spent much of that time in Spain. Ben speaks English and Spanish, currently dividing his time between Barcelona and London, covering all the big talking points of the weekend on FFT: he’s also written several list features and interviewed Guglielmo Vicario for the magazine.