What do you want to be when you grow up?

Who has not answered that question once. More or less imaginative answers come into play. Astronaut, racing driver, footballer or doctor are the most recurrent. Yet there is always someone who proudly dreams of being like his father.

As I have said on previous occasions, football is based on two pillars: tradition and emotion. That is why in today’s post I would like to point out how admirable it is to be able to follow in your father’s footsteps and at the same time dedicate yourself to your dream.

There are several famous families within this sport: Schmeichel, Maldini, Thuram, Sané, Kluivert or Cruyff are examples. Still, I would like to make a special mention of three surnames.

The first of them, Alcantara. Mazinho, a 35-time Brazilian international, was fortunate enough to pass on his passion on the pitch to his two sons, Thiago and Rafa. While the Spaniard personifies elegance with a ball at his feet, the Brazilian’s skill and technical quality make him a must for any starting XI.

The second one, Simeone. One of the most enthusiastic characters in modern football could not be missing from this list. After his successful journey as a player, he has become one of the most appreciated active coaches and an emblem for Atletico Madrid and its recent history. His son Giovanni has also inherited this desire to improve. The young striker is making a name for himself in Serie A thanks to his instinct and courage.

Hagi is the third surname I would like to emphasize. Simply for personal taste. Thanks to them, Romanian football has a significant place on the football map. Following in the footsteps of Gheorge, known as the “Maradona of the Carpathians”, his son Ianis begins to emerge. Skillful, overflowing and with an enviable vision of the game. For me, the biggest discovery of the last U21 Eurocup.

These are just a few examples that I hope will shed some light on the end of such a dark year. How beautiful life is when it lets you share your passion and work with your loved ones.

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