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Football is a family affair and it’s just so nice to see brothers playing in the same team or be an opponent.
Today we take a look at eight best football brothers to ever play in the Premier League, some might not be still playing there but have surely made their name in the world’s most-watched competition. Let’s check out:
8. Mikel & Xabi Alonso
Mikel Alonso joined the then Premier League side Bolton Wanderers back in 2007 on a loan deal from Real Sociedad three years after his brother Xabi had already settled in England with Liverpool (having arrived during the summer of 2004).
7. Rafael & Fabio da Silva
The Brazilian twin Rafael & Fabio da Silva both began their careers with Fluminense in their native Brazil before being signed by English club Manchester United in February 2007.
Fábio, Rafael’s twin brother, was controversially booked for a foul committed by Rafael in United’s 2–0 League Cup victory over Barnsley in 2009.
Manchester United appealed and The FA agreed it was a case of mistaken identity, transferring the card over to Rafael.
Fábio struggled to hold down a place in the Manchester United first team while Rafael was a key part of Sir Alex Ferguson’s side.
He moved to Cardiff in January 2014 after a loan spell with Queens Park Rangers in 2012–13.
6. Jerome & Kevin-Prince Boateng
Jerome Boateng spent only one season in the Premier League with Manchester City before joining Bayern Munich.
His half Brother Kevin-Prince, Meanwhile, signed a four-year contract with Tottenham Hotspur in July 2007 for a reported £5.4 million.
But His success at the North London club was limited, and he was loaned to Borussia Dortmund in January 2009 for the remainder of the season.
The former Ghana International returned to Premier League when he joined Portsmouth in 2009 and led them to FA Cup final in 2010.
5. Anton & Rio Ferdinand
The Ferdinands are products of the West Ham United academy.
They have played for the Hammers’ senior team in the Premier League.
Rio went on to cement his name in the Premier League record books, breaking British transfer record twice, while joining Leeds and Manchester United.
4. Yaya & Kolo Toure
Kolo made his name in the Premier League at Arsenal where he made 326 appearances between 2002 and 2009.
He was in Arsenal side that ended the Premier League campaign as champions without a single defeat.
Kolo moved on to Manchester City in 2009 and Yaya followed his elder brother from FC Barcelona a year later.
3. Gary & Phil Neville
Both were raised and made their name at Manchester United.
They went on to become the most decorated English and European football brother of all time.
Nevilles won 14 Premier League and three Champions League among other titles between them.
2. Andre & Jordan Ayew
Andre and Jordan joined Premier League sides Swansea City and Aston Villa from Marseille and Lorient respectively in 2015.
They became the first brothers to score in a Premier League game when both scored against each other in Aston Villa’s 2-1 home loss to Swansea City.
1. Shola & Sammy Ameobi
The Nigerians became the first brothers to score in a competitive game in Newcastle United’s history.
Sammy joined the Newcastle United Academy in July 2008 after finishing school.
His brother Shola, Meanwhile, signed his first contract with the Magpies in July 1997.