We have heard of Football Players from the Same Family. For decades now, family dynasties have become a common occurrence in the beautiful game of football.
There have been scenarios where brothers will end up playing against each other at international level while in other cases, brothers choose play for the same nation.
But there are several relatives that have been overlooked in years passed. At sportyleagues.com, here are football stars you may not have known are related.
Football Players From The Same Family
Lionel Messi And Bojan Krkić
Not so great Bojan Krkić played alongside Messi at Barcelona for several years but the two football 6players have a greater nexus than just being Barcelona teammates.
Leo and Bojan are actually cousins albeit fourth cousins.
Everything started when Mariano and Teresa got married in 1846 in Catalonia. Of course, they had some children together and from these two kids, came Leo’s and Bojan’s lines.
In simpler terms, Leo’s great-great grandfather and Bojan’s great-great grandfather were brothers.
Ferland Mendy And Edouard Mendy
Again, Ferland and Edouard are cousins. However, it’s not the only thing they have in common since they both spent time at a French club, Le Havre during their formative years.
Ferland finished his training there and turned pro before moving to Olympique Lyon and Real Madrid. But Edouard only passed through.
Fate seems to have put the brothers head-to-head as they’ve never played together as professionals.
In May 2021, the pair clashed together in the UEFA Champions League semifinals but Edouard’s Chelsea scaled through before eventually clinching the trophy against Manchester City in Porto.
Luka Modrić And Mark Viduka
This is going to sound bizarre but in a fact, Luka and Mark who are accomplished players for their respective countries, are related by blood.
Modrić is apparently the one with a more glamorous career among the pair, with the Real Madrid man stopping Leo Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo’s hold on the Balloon D’or in 2018.
Viduka’s father (Joe Viduka) was born in Croatia before emigrating to Australia in the sixties where the former Celtic and Leeds striker was born. In fact, the Australian international joined Celtic from Dinamo Zagreb – the same club where Modrić began his career.
Carl and Leon Cort And Ruben Loftus-Cheek
After all, the Boateng brothers and Alcantaras and a couple of other footballers aren’t the only siblings to played for different countries at international stage. The Cort brothers and their half-sibling, Ruben Loftus-Cheek also did.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek is related to Carl and Leon Cort, who both represented Guyana, on his father’s side.
Carl and Leon were born in England but chose to play for the Guyanese national team. The pair played in the Premier League with Wimbledon and Newcastle, while Leon had two top-flight seasons with Stoke City and Burnley.
Emir Spahic And Edin Dzeko
Bosnia & Herzegovina’s two most capped players are cousins.
Edin Dzeko who also doubles as Bosnia’s all-time goalscorer with 58 goals have had 107 appearances for The Dragons while Spahic has registered 94 caps since making his debut in 2003.
Both players have played an integral role in their country’s impressive rise in recent years, helping them qualify for their first-ever major tournament at the Brazil World Cup in 2014.