“It runs in the family” is something we have all heard a few hundred times. Whether it be brains, athleticism, or even disease, the phrase rings true on so many levels. Football is no different; we take a look at some current footballers you might not know are actually related.
5. Jay-Jay Okocha & Alex Iwobi (Uncle and nephew)
— FIFA.com (@FIFAcom) October 1, 2016
There was plenty of excitement when young Alex Iwobi burst onto the scene for Arsenal due to his impressive and intelligent displays on the left flank. He has since gone on to become firmly attached to the Arsenal matchday squad on a regular basis.
International recognition with Nigeria followed upon news which emerged that he is directly related to one of the Super Eagles finest ever talents; the one and only Jay-Jay Okocha.
4. McDonald Mariga & Victor Wanyama (Brothers)
McDonald Mariga was the first ever Kenyan player to win the Champions League. 🇰🇪
Victor Wanyama is his younger brother. 💪 pic.twitter.com/WMpCmJeqzJ
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) October 13, 2017
Kenya is a country more associated with long-distance running than football, but the East African country has produced a few handy footballers in recent years, most notably the midfield siblings McDonald Mariga and Victor Wanyama.
3. Joel Matip & Marvin Matip (Brothers) & Joseph-Désiré Job (Cousin)
— Football 24/7 (@foetball247) October 31, 2015
Remember Joseph-Désiré Job? Middlesbrough fans certainly should, as the Cameroonian forward spent six years on Riverside and even scored one of the two goals as they won their first ever trophy, the 2004 League Cup.
Job retired from the game in 2011 following a spell with Lierse in Belgium, but he has a couple of cousins still playing professionally in the form of Marvin and Joel Matip.