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Eight footballers with more successful playing careers than their parents

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Eight footballers with more successful playing careers than their parents

Patrick Power by Patrick Power @rfutbol - 0 +15k

Having a parent who was once a football star does not guarantee subsequent success for the progeny. However, in many cases the children go on to surpass the footballing legacy left by their fathers.

Sergio Busquets

A key figure in Barcelona's midfield during one of the club's most successful periods. His father was a goalkeeper at the Catalan club, but he was never a hit for the first team.

Paolo Maldini

A living legend at AC Milan. His father Cesare also led the 'rossoneri' in the 1950's and 1960's, but not at the same level as Paolo.

Diego Forlán

One of the best Uruguayan strikers of all time, he is the son of another South American icon: Pablo Forlan, who played for Atletico Peñarol and Sao Paulo.

Xabi Alonso

Perico Alonso was one of the best players ever to play for Real Sociedad. His son Xabi exceeded all expectations by collecting silverware at Liverpool, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich, as well as the Spanish national team.

Frank Lampard

Lampard Jr is known for his exploits with Chelsea and England, but his father was one of the best players to ever play for West Ham.

Gonzalo Higuaín

His father Jorge played for River Plate his entire career, while Gonzalo signed for Real Madrid at a young age before shining in the Serie A.

Thiago Alcántara

His father Mazinho lifted the World Cup with Brazil in 1994, but his performances at club level were not apt for comparison. Thiago plays for Bayern Munich after joining from Barcelona.

Pepe Reina

Miguel Reina was a star keeper for Barcelona and Atletico Madrid, but his son has succeeded in La Liga, the Premier League and the Serie A.

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