LONDON - FEBRUARY 03: (L-R) Jim Smith, Kevin Bond, Jamie Redknapp, Harry Redknapp, holding his Lifetime Achievement Award, Frank Lampard and Frank Lampard Snr pose for the camera as they arrive for the HMV Football Extravaganza at the Grovesnor Hotel on February 3, 2009 in London, England.  (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images)

What?!? 9 Pairs of Footballers You Had Absolutely No Idea Were Related

Most of the family connections in football are well know; Jerome and Kevin-Prince Boateng, Cesare and Paolo Maldini and Gary and Phil Neville to name but a few.


However, beyond the obvious choices there are a bunch of other relatives that are both playing, or have played, in the sport.


Here are nine that you weren't aware of...

9. Harry Arter and Scott Parker

Relationship: Brothers-in-law


Two seasons ago Harry Arter was part of the Bournemouth side that beat Fulham 2-0 on Boxing Day, where veteran Scott Parker still plies his trade, and the former Chelsea, West Ham and Spurs midfielder may not have been too happy with his wife's brother after that one.

8. Lomana Lua Lua and Yannick Bolasie

Relationship: Cousins


Those who remember Lomana Lua Lua will naturally think of his cartwheeled celebrations that he performed after scoring for the likes of Newcastle United and Portsmouth. What you may not know though, is that the former DR Congo winger (and his brother Kazenga) are cousins with Everton star Yannick Bolasie.

7. Leroy Fer and Patrick van Aanholt

Relationship: Cousins


Both established stars in the Premier League, Dutch international duo Leroy Fer and Patrick van Aanholt are indeed related. The Swansea City midfielder and the Crystal Palace left back are both embroiled in a relegation battle with their respective clubs.

6. Jose Mari and Sergio Ramos

Relationship: Cousins


The Real Madrid skipper is a distant cousin of former Atletico Madrid and AC Milan forward Jose Mari. Like his younger relation, Mari also represented Spain at the national level, although the 30-year-old defender has bragging rights, having notched up 140 caps to Mari's 4.

5. Joel Matip and Joseph Desire-Job

Relationship: Cousins


Another Premier League blast from the past, Joseph Desire-Job a total of six years at the Riverside Stadium, becoming somewhat of a Middlesbrough cult hero along the way. He also happens to be the elder cousin of current Liverpool defender Joel Matip, whose brother Marvin is a Cameroon international too.

4. Frank Lampard and Jamie Redknapp

Relationship: Cousins


The ties between the Lampard and Redknapp families are extremely strong with Frank's father, Frank Sr, and Jamie's dad, Harry, both marrying sisters from the same family. Subsequently, the pair's sons went on to play professional football like their fathers, although the former Chelsea midfielder surpassed the achievements of anyone else in the family.

3. David Ospina and James Rodriguez

Relationship: Brothers-in-law


When James Rodriguez tied the knot with Daniela Ospina in 2011, he inherited his international teammate David as a new brother-in-law. The Colombian stopper is three years older than the Real Madrid playmaker, but the man married to his sister happens to be his captain.

2. Jay Jay Okocha and Alex Iwobi

Relationship: Uncle/Nephew


Having Jay Jay Okocha as your uncle can only be a good thing and if Alex Iwobi carries on the way he's going he may well surpass the achievements of the former Bolton Wanderers and PSG man. The latest Arsenal starlet is already an automatic starter for the Gunners and the Nigerian national team.

1. Marc Viduka and Luka Modric

Relationship: Cousins


Easily the most unlikely family connection in this list, Mark Viduka is cousins with Real Madrid maestro Luka Modric on account of the former Leeds United, Boro and Newcastle United striker's father emigrating to Australia from Croatia in the 1960s.