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15 Footballers Who Are Much Less Famous Than Their Superstar Siblings

Not every set of footballing brothers can be like the Nevilles, the Toures, the De Boers or the  Charltons, where both individuals are known as famous players in their own right.


In an industry where 'making it' to the top is essentially like winning the lottery, it is rare that two brothers, or in some cases three, will ever enjoy similarly high levels of success.


Here's a look at 15 players who are much less famous than their superstar siblings.


See if you can spot the family resemblances...

15. Stephen Jagielka

Stephen Jagielka was part of the Shrewsbury team that famously knocked Everton out of the FA Cup in January 2003 - his brother Phil's future employers.


The midfielder spent seven seasons at the lower division side, playing close to 200 league games in the process. In the same summer that Phil made his high profile switch to Goodison Park, Stephen joined non-league outfit Telford United.

14. Christopher Kanu

Former Arsenal, West Brom and Portsmouth striker Nwankwo Kanu welcomed 16-year-old brother Christopher in joining him at Ajax in 1995. The defender would remain in Amsterdam until 2002 but was released after several loans and a failure to break into the first-team.


He made the move to England in 2003, where his older brother was then playing for Arsenal, spending two years with Peterborough in the third tier. Christopher subsequently returned home to boyhood Nigerian club Eagle Cement.

13. Vyacheslav Hleb

Vyacheslav Hleb played 45 times for Belarus during a seven-year international, but he isn't known in other countries on anything like the same scale as younger brother Aliaksandr, of Arsenal and Barcelona fame.


Vyacheslav was on the books at Stuttgart at the same time as Alex, although never played for the first-team. He has spent time with clubs in Germany, Switzerland, China and Belarus.

12. Max Vieri

Bearing a striking family resemblance to former Juventus, Inter and Milan forward Christian, Max Vieri was himself a full international, too, but not with Italy like his brother. Instead Max, who was actually born in Sydney, played six times for Australia between 2004 and 2005.


Max's club career in Italy was varied and included two non-playing stints with Juventus, as well as time at Napoli, Ancona, Verona and Novara. His longest spell anywhere came with lower league side Prato after the age of 30.

11. Mikel Alonso

Although two years older than little brother Xabi, Mikel Alonso didn't make his first-team debut for Real Sociedad until a season after his younger sibling. But the pair did get to play for three years together before Xabi was sold to Liverpool ahead of the 2004/05 campaign.


Mikel left La Real in 2008, following a brief loan in the Premier League with Bolton, and spent time with Tenerife. He moved to England for a second time when he signed with Charlton in 2011 but never actually played a competitive game for the club.

10. McDonald Mariga Wanyama

Tottenham midfield enforcer Victor Wanyama became the second Kenyan to play in the Champions League when he made his European debut with Celtic in 2011 because brother McDonald Mariga Wanyama had already played on the biggest club stage a year earlier.


McDonald actually even won the competition with Inter, although he was a bit-part player at best. The most notable period of his career came during three years at Parma in Serie A.

9. Digao

Brazilian centre-back Digao joined Milan, initially on loan, around a year after brother Kaka had moved to the San Siro. But unlike the older Kaka, who later went on to claim the Ballon d'Or in 2007, Digao made only a handful of first-team appearances. He played his last professional football with New York Red Bulls in 2012 and 2013.


It was actually Digao who was responsible for the nickname 'Kaka' because he was unable to pronounce his sibling's real name, Ricardo, as a young child.

8. Fabian Gotze

Mario Gotze has spoken fondly in the past of growing up playing football with his two brothers. Like Mario, the older full-back Fabian Gotze was also on Borussia Dortmund's books as a youngster, although he never quite made the grade and was most recently playing with SpVgg Unterhaching in Germany's third tier.


Mario and Fabian actually share a birthday despite being born two years apart.

7. Joel Cantona

Joel Cantona is a retired French defender who is the younger brother of Manchester United legend Eric. He began his career at Marseille only to leave a year before Eric signed for the famous club, and he was later at local lower league side Stockport County when Eric was in the form of his life for United in the early 1990s.


The Cantona brothers were finally able to join forces on a football pitch several years later, although it was on sand instead of grass for France's national beach soccer team.

6. Federico Higuain

His younger brother Gonzalo may be one of the most expensive players of all time, but Federico Higuain is a star on a smaller scale for Columbus Crew in Major League Soccer.


The 32-year-old forward has been with the American franchise since 2012 after bouncing around a number of South American clubs and failing to establish himself in Europe during a short spell with Turkish giant Besiktas.

5. Tobias Schweinsteiger

After a journeyman existence in Germany's lower leagues, Tobias Schweinsteiger vaguely managed to link up with legendary younger brother Bastian when he was signed as an experienced head for Bayern Munich's reserve side in 2012.


Barring a brief loan to SpVgg Unterhaching, Tobias played out the remainder of his career with Bayern II and has remained with the club in his retirement as a coach at Under-17 level.

4. Kylian Hazard

Eden Hazard is tipped by many to rival Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo as the best player in the world in the next few years, while Thorgan Hazard is also a full Belgian international after finding his feet with Borussia Monchengladbach in Germany.


But there is a third footballing Hazard brother, Kylian. The 21-year-old attacking midfielder shares career roots with both siblings from his time at Lille (Eden), Zulte Waregem (Thorgan), and Chelsea (both), and now turns out for FC Ujpest in Hungary.

3. Florentin Pogba

Saint-Etienne defender Florentin Pogba is the lesser known older brother of the world's most expensive player, Paul Pogba. As captain of the Guinea national team he was given a vote in last year's Ballon d'Or ballot, but opted for Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Manuel Neuer as his top three instead of choosing his own blood.


Paul has another brother who also plays professionally. Mathias Pogba is actually the twin of Florentin and played for Wrexham, Crewe, Crawley and Partick Thistle in the UK before joining current club Sparta Rotterdam earlier this year.

2. Paul Terry

In the same season that Chelsea captain John Terry lifted the Premier League trophy for the first time, older brother Paul was enjoying similar success in League Two with Yeovil Town.


Midfielder Paul had begun his career in non-league football with Dagenham & Redbridge a few years earlier at around the same time John was starting to emerge at Stamford Bridge. He helped Yeovil survive in League One and later turned out for Leyton Orient as well.

1. John Rooney

Following in the footsteps of older brother Wayne, John Rooney joined Everton's academy ranks at the age of just six. The young forward had been released by the time he was 12, but found respite at Macclesfield where he eventually played three seasons in League Two.


John turned to Major League Soccer in 2011 and was selected by New York Red Bulls in the second round of the annual SuperDraft for new talent. He later briefly played for Orlando City before returning to England in 2012 and is now with Welsh club Wrexham in non-league.

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