πŸ§‘β€πŸ€β€πŸ§‘ Football's famous brothers
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πŸ§‘β€πŸ€β€πŸ§‘ Football's famous brothers

Siblings playing on the grandest of stages in football is not a new thing. 

Over the years, brothers have played for the same teams, while others have faced each other countless times. 

Some, though, hold some unique records, including facing each other at a World Cup, and EURO match. 

We look at some of the most famous brothers in world football over the years. 

Eden and Thorgan Hazard

The two Hazard brothers are well-known thanks to their success both at the club and national level.

Eden the older of the two, plays for Spanish giants Real Madrid, whom he joined in 2019 following successful years at Chelsea. 

Thorgan, on the other hand, plays for Borussia Dortmund, where he has made a name for himself as one of the best creative forwards. 

The two players were at Chelsea together, even though the younger Hazard left in search of first-team action. 

They both play for the Belgium National team.

Jerome and Kevin-Prince Boateng

There is something interesting with these two brothers; they swore allegiance to different national sides. 

Kevin featured for the Black Stars of Ghana, while Jerome has been a key member of the German national team and faced each other during the 2010 World Cup tournament, which was a first in football. 

They've enjoyed success at different levels, even though Jerome has an enviable collection of trophies that includes the World Cup, Champions League, UEFA Super Cup, and FIFA Club World Cup 

Yaya and Kolo Toure

Who can forget these two! Kolo was part of Arsene Wenger's Invincibles team which won the Premier League in 2003/04 without losing a single game.

He went on to win another Premier League title, this time at Manchester City, where he played alongside Yaya, who had moved from Barcelona. 

Together, they led Man City to their first Premier League title in  2011/12.

Kolo then moved to Liverpool in 2013, but Yaya remained a little longer before heading to Olympiacos. 

Notably, the duo led Ivory Coast to the Africa Cup of Nations in 2015, and overall, there is no doubt they had successful careers. 

Rafinha and Thiago Alcantara

Rafinha and Thiago were born to Mazinho, a World Cup winner with Brazil. The two came through the ranks at Barcelona, at their famous La Masia academy. 

They turned out to be excellent midfielders, with Thiago opting to feature for Spain while Rafinha chose Brazil. 

They've led divergent careers but all successful in their own ways. 

Thiago left Barcelona for Bayern, where he grew into one of the finest midfielders in world football and won countless trophies before finally moving to Liverpool. 

Rafinha on the other hand left Spain for PSG, where he currently plays. 

Gary and Phil Neville

Arguably the most successful of any pair of brothers, the Nevilles were part of Man United's Class of 92. They played together for a number of seasons, winning six Premier League titles together before Phil finally left for Everton in 2005. 

Gary, on the other hand, remained at the club and retired in 2011, amassing a total of eight Premier League titles having made 602 appearances. 

They both got into coaching, even though Gary struggled before finally opting to be a pundit. 

Taulant and Granit Xhaka

Just like the Boateng brothers, the Xhaka brothers, Taullant and Granit swore allegiance to different countries; Taullant chose Albania, while Granit picked Switzerland.

The two became the first brothers to play against each other in a European tournament when Albania lined up against Switzerland in Lens at Euro 2016. 

They both grew at the Basel academy before Granit moved to Borussia Mönchengladbach in 2012 and eventually found his way to Arsenal. 

Taulant, on the other hand, stayed in Basel, and even though his brother is considered better than him, he has more silverware than the Gunners man. 

Florentin, Mathias and Paul Pogba

Many are familiar with Paul Pogba, but few know he has brothers, who, just like him, play the beautiful game. 

While the Man United star plays for France, Florentin and Mathias swore their allegiance to Guinea, their country of birth. 

Mathias' career has been more eventful and signed for Slovenian side NK Tabor Sezana, his 12th club early this year. 

Florentin, on the other hand, plays for Ligue 2 side Sochaux, whom he joined in 2020. 

Paul is without a doubt the most successful of the three brothers, who time and again have shown their closeness by hanging out together and even playing games. 

Andre and Jordan Ayew

Andrew and Jordan come from a footballing family. Their father, Abedi "Pele" Ayew, was a serious footballer, winning the African Footballer of the Year accolade thrice. 

He aso enjoyed a playing career in Egnalnd and France, and his two sons took after him. 

They played for French side Marseille, before moving to England where Andre chose Swansea while his younger brother settled for Aston Villa.

Andre then left Swansea for West Ham, before returning to the Welsh club again. Jordan joined Andre at Swansea, before moving to Crystall Palace, where he still plays. 

Rafael and Fabio Da Silva

The twins were signed by Alex Ferguson in 2008 from Brazilian side Fluminese. 

The two enjoyed their time at the Manchester club, with Rafael in particular, playing a key role, helping United win three Premier League titles. 

They left the Premier League though and headed to France.