20. Tom Rosenthal
Former Liverpool, Tottenham and Watford striker Ronnie Rosenthal turned out for Israel 60 times, but son Tom has already represented Belgium – the country of his mother’s birth – on the international scene.
The Watford academy graduate, who joined QPR from Zulte Waregem last year but was released after only a season, has 11 caps for the Red Devils’ U19 side. Aged 20, he recently joined Dutch outfit Dordrecht after trials with Birmingham, Cardiff and Southend came to nothing earlier in 2017.
19. Oan Djorkaeff
Youri Djorkaeff was himself the son of a footballer, with dad Jean pulling on the shirts of 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 of employment at Inter, PSG, Monaco and, er, Bolton – and Oan has now extended the dynasty further. After a season on the books at Montpellier, the 20-year-old midfielder secured a switch to Ligue 1 rivals Nantes in July.
18. Niall Keown
Like father Martin, who won three Premier League titles, three FA Cups and the Cup Winners’ Cup at Arsenal, Niall Keown is a centre-back currently plying his trade at Partick Thistle in the Scottish Premiership. The 21-year-old only managed two appearances for the first team during his time at Reading, and despite signing a new three-year deal at the Madejski Stadium in summer 2015, opted to seek pastures new in July.
Having received two Republic of Ireland U21 caps last year, he’ll be targeting a senior bow in the not-too-distant future.
17. Diego Poyet
Born in Spain and raised in England by Uruguayan parents, Diego Poyet is currently plying his trade in Argentina with Godoy Cruz. Dad Gus, once of Chelsea and Tottenham, enjoyed a more successful time in London than his offspring, who failed to make the grade at both Charlton and West Ham before heading across the Atlantic in February.
The 22-year-old, who followed his father into a midfield role, was called up to the England U20 squad in 2014 but elected to represent Uruguay instead.
16. Tyler Walker
On August 22 2015, in his 12th appearance as a professional, Tyler Walker was booked in Nottingham Forest’s 1-1 draw with Bolton. An unremarkable fact, you might think, until you remember that dad Des wasn’t shown a yellow card until the 11th season of his career.
Walker Jr. operates at the other end of the pitch to his father; a centre-forward rather than a centre-back. His progress has been checked by injury problems in the last couple of years, but at the age of 20 he’s still got time on his side.
15. Jack Barmby
Jack Barmby, son of former Liverpool midfielder Nick, spent six years on the books of Manchester United as a youngster. The ex-England Under-20 international swapped Old Trafford for the King Power Stadium in 2014, but he struggled to make an impression on the Leicester coaching staff and was duly loaned out to Rotherham, Notts County and Portland Timbers.
And that’s where he remains. The MLS outfit tied the versatile Barmby – the 22-year-old can play at left-back, in midfield and up front – down to a permanent deal in 2017.
14. Devante Cole
Andrew Cole may have played 275 games, scored 121 goals and won eight major trophies as a Manchester United player, but he chose the academy of Manchester City – the club he went on to join two years later – for his young son back in 2003.
Devante, now 22, failed to make the grade at the Etihad and joined Bradford in 2015, following loan spells with Barnsley and MK Dons. He can now be found strutting his stuff at League One promotion hopefuls Fleetwood, for whom Cole scored eight goals last season.
13. Josh Windass
After five campaigns with boyhood club Hull, Dean Windass moved north of the border with Aberdeen in 1995. Scotland is where son Josh is currently based, too: Rangers snapped up the midfielder last year after his fantastic 17-goal season for League Two Accrington Stanley in 2015/16.
The 23-year-old’s had a mixed time of it at Ibrox so far, but at least his old man’s got his back. When Josh took some flak after Rangers’ Europa League loss to Progres Niederkorn, Dean tweeted: “30 mins in a 180 tie and taking blame. Papering over the cracks.” You tell ’em, dad.
"I didn't see that they attacked Jordan but if I had, I would have gone in there towards him. I was not going to run from there.”
Those were the words of former Celtic and Barcelona frontman Henrik Larsson, the then-Helsingborgs head coach who had just witnessed his own team’s fans attack their own team’s striker (also his son) after a 2016 defeat by Halmstads confirmed their relegation from the Swedish top flight.
Jordan quickly made his excuses and hot-footed it to Holland – just as his dad had done 24 years earlier.
11. Christian and Daniel 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 won’t be worn again unless one of Maldini’s two sons makes it at the club.
For a long while, it looked like defender (where else would he play?) Christian was best placed to follow in his father’s and grandfather’s – Cesare was the first Maldini to make his name with the Rossoneri – footsteps, but 15-year-old Daniel may now be favourite after his elder brother’s San Siro exit in 2016.
It doesn’t take a genius to work out the identity of Rivaldinho’s dad. The 22-year-old will struggle to match the accomplishments of ex-Barcelona and Brazil attacking midfielder Rivaldo, but he’s nevertheless carving out a decent career for himself. After unsuccessful spells with Boavista and Internacional in 2016, the forward’s currently shining at Dinamo Bucharest, for whom he scored a superb long-range strike in a Europa League qualifier against Athletic Bilbao in July.
Father and son even scored in the same match two years ago, both attackers netting in Mogi Mirim’s 3-1 defeat of Macae.
OK with feeling old? Read on. Remember Bebeto’s famous cradle-rocking celebration at the 1994 World Cup? The baby that was dedicated to is now 23 years old and playing professional football for Sporting.
Mattheus de Andrade Gama de Oliveira – or simply ‘Mattheus’ if you’re in a rush – joined the Lisbon side earlier in 2017 after a fruitful couple of years at Estoril.
“I have no doubt that he has the potential to play for the Brazilian national team,” Bebeto told the BBC in May. We just hope Mattheus has got a good celebration up his sleeve.
8. Luka Zahovic
Born in Portugal, a Slovenia U21 international and with two years’ recent experience of playing in the Netherlands, Luka Zahovic could enjoy as peripatetic a career as dad Zlatko, who was employed in Serbia (Partizan and Proleter Zrenjanin), Portugal (Vitoria Guimaraes, Porto and Benfica), Greece (Olympiakos), Spain (Valencia) and Slovenia (Limbus Pekre) during his playing days.
After a promising couple of years with Maribor, Luka was signed by Heerenveen in summer 2015 for around €700,000, but re-joined his former club ahead of the 2016/17 season.
7. Tom Ince
Not many players in history have turned down Inter for Hull, so Tom Ince was at least breaking new ground in summer 2014. The Nerazzurri had offered a contract to the then-22-year-old, who was a free agent after leaving Blackpool, but Ince – presumably with more than a little input from father Paul, once of Inter himself – chose the KC Stadium over San Siro.
Unsurprisingly, it proved to be a bad decision: the winger managed just three Premier League starts for the Tigers and was soon shipped off on loan to Nottingham Forest. He’s now back in the top flight – and desperate to make up for lost time – with Huddersfield.
6. Ianis Hagi
Ianis Hagi was bought by Fiorentina last summer after skippering his dad's team Viitorul Constanța in the Romanian top tier, aged only 17. Naturally, those in his homeland are hoping he can go on to replicate Gheorghe's feat of playing – and shining – for his country.
The attacking midfielder has already notched three goals in three games for Romania’s U19s and made his debut for the U21s earlier this year – although he’ll have done extremely well if he manages to match his father’s achievements.
5. Enzo Fernandez
Given Florentino Perez’s revolving door policy when it comes to managers, many predicted that Zinedine Zidane wouldn’t see out the 2016/17 campaign as Real Madrid boss. A La Liga and Champions League double means the former France international is safe (for now), but son Enzo Fernandez – his mother’s surname – saw his time at the Santiago Bernabeu come to an end in the summer.
The 22-year-old midfielder, who is named after former River Plate and Uruguay playmaker Enzo Francescoli, joined Alaves on a three-year deal.
4. Timothy Weah
Monaco may have been George Weah’s first European employers, but it was during his time at PSG that many became aware of the Liberian’s incredible talent. The striker finished as the Champions League’s top scorer in 1994/95, his final season in the French capital, while at the end of the calendar year he won the Ballon d’Or (although he had moved to Milan by then).
Timothy has his work cut out if he’s live up to his surname, then, but hopes are nevertheless high for the 17-year-old, who penned his first professional contract with PSG in July.
3. Giovanni Simeone
“In terms of courage and ideas, a lot about my Atleti[co] comes from Italy,” former Pisa, Inter and Lazio midfielder Diego Simeone, who also spent five months in charge of Sicilian side Catania in 2011, once said.
It’s no surprise, then, that Cholo’s heir is currently ripping it up on the peninsula. Giovanni Simeone’s debut Serie A season brought 11 goals in 30 appearances last term, a tally which earned him a move from Genoa to Fiorentina this summer. The striker was also top scorer at the South American Youth Football Championship in 2015, with nine goals in nine games.
2. Justin Kluivert
Ajax's latest teen on the scene is the 18-year-old Justin Kluivert, son of club legend Patrick. The right-winger made his senior bow in January and was handed 19 further appearances – which brought two goals and five assists – as the Dutch giants finished second in the Eredivisie and reached the Europa League final. The 2017/18 campaign could be his chance to nail down a starting spot in new boss Marcel Keizer’s side.
Still, he'll have a job emulating his father, who scored a Champions League final-winning goal against Milan in 1995 aged just 18. Clock’s ticking, Justin.
1. Federico Chiesa
Enrico Chiesa played for 10 clubs on the peninsula; Federico’s still at his first. The summer sale of Federico Bernardeschi to Juventus could open the door for the younger man to become an even more integral member of the Fiorentina first team in 2017/18.
Last season brought 17 Serie A starts for the wideman, who responded with two assists and three goals – which means he only needs to score another 169 times to beat dad Enrico’s haul in the Italian top tier. Keep chipping away, kid.