David Beckham’s son Romeo is reportedly set to leave Arsenal’s academy, months after his older brother Brooklyn parted company with the club’s youth set-up.
But Beckham isn’t the only football legend whose sons are trying to make it big in football.
Other great names of Nineties and Noughties football like Paolo Maldini, Rivaldo and Zinedine Zidane may not be playing the game any more – but their kids are now on the verge of becoming professionals themselves.
Here are some of those with famous surnames you should be keeping an eye on…
He’s known as Enzo Fernandez at Real Madrid (presumably to take some pressure off his shoulders), but after one look at this kid’s moves, it’s obvious whose blood is flowing through his veins.
The 20-year-old plays for Real Castilla (Real Madrid’s second string). It probably helps that his old man is the head coach – but he certainly looks the part…
He may have left already, but some thought Arsenal signing Beckham Jr was a bit of a publicity stunt. But Brooklyn, 15, has definitely got some ability. Just check out the way he skinned Thiago Silva after PSG training last year:
Brazil legend Rivaldo loved a quality bicycle kick – so you’d be forgiven for thinking this was an old clip of the former Barcelona man. Actually, it’s his 19 year-old son, who currently plays for Brazilian third division side Mogi Mirim.
Bonus trivia: at the age of 41, Rivaldo played alongside his boy in February, making a special appearance for Mogi.
Romarinho’s time might have passed – he’s now a journeyman striker in Brazil’s lower leagues – but for a time, it looked like Romario’s boy might make a similar impact to his dad.
Barcelona were linked with signing him a couple of years ago. Clearly it didn’t quite work out, but his dad would have been proud of these finishes:
Being the son of one of the greatest defenders in history can’t be all that straightforward – especially when you play for the same club he did, in a similar position (just ask Enzo).
Mind you, Maldini Jr scored two minutes into his Primavera youth league debut for AC Milan, so he seems to be coping with the pressure just fine:
OK, at the age of seven, Patrick Kluivert’s son is some way off professional football at the moment. But with free-kick technique like this, he got every chance.
By the way, that’s the former Newcastle man you can hear proudly yelping in the background…