Harry Maguire, Kylian Mbappe & co: Ranking the top nine football brothers in the world

Harry Maguire, Kylian Mbappe & co: Ranking the top nine football brothers in the world

Abigael Wafula 09:00 - 07.05.2024

This article provides a list of nine brothers who play football, with some playing for the same teams with others plying their trade in different clubs.

Most of the time, siblings are usually known to have different interests when it comes to what they want to pursue but the world of football has shown that siblings can also have the same interest and this article will outline the brothers in football.

Harry Maguire and his brother Laurence Maguire and in case you did not know, Kylian Mbappe also has his brother, Ethan Mbappe who plays football among other football stars who are siblings.

1) Maguire brothers

Ranking the top nine football brothers in the world

Many were unaware that Harry Maguire, the Manchester United center-back also has a brother Laurence, who currently plays as a defender for Crawley Town on loan from Chesterfield.

Harry, the elder brother to Laurence, also plays for the England national team and he came through the youth system at Sheffield United before graduating to the first team in 2011. At the time, he made 166 appearances for United and was the club's Player of the Year three seasons in succession, also featuring in the PFA Team of the Year for League One as many times.

Maguire then moved to Manchester United in 2019 for a fee believed to be £80 million, a world-record amount for a defender, and within six months was appointed club captain, a role he held until 2023.

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Meanwhile, his brother Laurence started his career in the academy at Chesterfield, where he was the captain before being handed his first professional contract by the Spireites in 2015. On February 2017, Laurence was sent out on loan to AFC Fylde of National League North until March. In August 2023, Maguire joined League Two side Crawley Town on loan until the end of January 2024 with the deal being extended until the end of the season.

2) Hojlund brothers

Ranking the top nine football brothers in the world

According to the Athletic, growing up about half an hour’s drive north of Copenhagen, Rasmus, Emil, and Oscar Hojlund would often train with their father, Anders Hojlund, at their local amateur club Horsholm-Usserod Idraetsklub (HUI), a short walk down the road from their family home.

Most of the time, Rasmus was known to almost certainly lead the line for Manchester United, but his twin brothers are two of the most promising young players at Copenhagen and both are itching for more first-team opportunities.

Oscar plays as a box-to-box midfielder and has already made more than seven appearances during the 2023 season his debut in July. Emil is a center-forward like Rasmus who had to patiently wait since making his senior bow in March 2022.

3) Mbappe brothers

Ranking the top nine football brothers in the world

Kylian Mbappe and his younger brother Ethan play for League 1 club, Paris Saint-Germain, with youngster Ethan making his senior debut for Paris Saint-Germain by joining his elder brother Kylian on the pitch, helping their side beat Metz 3-1 on December 20, 2023

Ethan, still a teenager who was only born in 2006, has been at the club around the same amount of time as his older brother since he joined the academy from the Bondy system in 2017. Kylian was playing for Monaco in 2017 before he left for the French capital on loan and then went on to secure a world-record fee for a teenager worth €180 million a year later.

Kylian Mbappe has enjoyed great success with PSG and France and is now one of the finest players in world football. His brother has quite the act to follow, but there are high hopes for a young player who has already established his place in the first-team set-up. Meanwhile, Ethan started out his career in 2015 by signing for their local team Bondy. He then spent two years there before moving to PSG and marked his Under-12 team debut with a goal.

After signing a three-year contract in June 2021, Ethan made his debut with the club's senior team in a friendly against Paris FC at the age of 15 in December 2022.

In preparation for 2023/24, he earned a spot on the preseason tour in Asia and started in a 3-0 friendly win over Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors.

4) Timber brothers

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The Timber brothers, Quinten, Jurrien, and Dylan are also known to be a very talented crop of players. Quinten, born in born June 17, 2001, currently plays as a midfielder for Eredivisie club Feyenoord and the Netherlands national team. Quinten played in the youth academies of DVSU and Feyenoord, before he and his twin brother, Jurrien, joined the Ajax Youth Academy in 2014.

Since 2016 he has played for various youth teams and in 2018 won the 2018 UEFA European Under-17 Championship. His twin, Jurrien, also a professional footballer, currently plays as a defender for Premier League club Arsenal and the Netherlands national team.

In his early career, Jurrien joined Ajax's youth academy in 2014, from Feyenoord. He made his first-team debut for Ajax in March 2020, and won two Eredivisie titles and one KNVB Cup and signed for Arsenal in July 2023, for an initial transfer fee of £34 million.

Elder brother Dylan plays as a centre-back or right-back for Eerste Divisie club VVV-Venlo. He was born in the mainland Netherlands, and also plays for the Curaçao national team. Dylan is a youth product of DVSU Utrecht, Feyenoord, SV Kampong, SV Houten, and Sparta Nijkerk.

5) Bellingham brothers

Ranking the top nine football brothers in the world
The Mirror

Bellingham brothers, Jude and Jobe have also been turning heads with their talent on the pitch that has earned them top places in football. Jobe, 18, plays as a midfielder or forward for EFL Championship club Sunderland. He began his career in Birmingham City's academy, and made his first-team debut as a 16-year-old. He also made 24 league appearances before joining fellow Championship club Sunderland in 2023.

Jobe joined Sunderland in the summer 2023 transfer window, with the Black Cats paying a reported £3m for his services. Since his move, Jobe has established himself as a key first-team player courtesy of a string of fine performances.

Meanwhile, Jude plays as a midfielder for La Liga club Real Madrid and the England national team and last year, he won both major awards for male footballers aged under 21: the Golden Boy, for nominees playing in Europe over the last calendar year, and the Kopa Trophy, for the world's best over the previous season. Bellingham is considered to be one of the best players in the world.

Bellingham joined Birmingham City as an under-18, becoming the club's youngest first-team player when he made his senior debut in August 2019, at the age of 16 years. He then joined Borussia Dortmund in July 2020, and in his first appearance became their youngest goal scorer.

Over three seasons with the club he made 132 appearances and helped Dortmund finish as runners-up and earned him the Bundesliga Player of the Season award. In 2023, Bellingham signed for Real Madrid for a fee of €103 million.

6) Becker brothers

Ranking the top nine football brothers in the world
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Muriel Becker, Alisson’s elder brother, is a Brazilian footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Vitória. Highlights of his career include being loaned by Internacional to Caxias and Portuguesa in 2009. He also won the 2010 Copa FGF with the Internacional B side.

On May 23, 2011, Muriel joined Série B club Portuguesa for a second loan spell, but the contract was revoked and in July 2016, he was loaned to another second-tier team, Bahia. On June 13, 2017, Muriel moved abroad and signed a two-year deal for C.F. Os Belenenses of the Portuguese Primeira Liga.

In July 2019, Muriel returned to Brazil's top flight, signing a 3-and-a-half-year deal with Fluminense. He then made his debut on July 24 in the last 16 first leg of the 2019 Copa Sudamericana, a 2–1 win away to Peñarol.

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Meanwhile, Alisson plays as a goalkeeper for Premier League club Liverpool and the Brazil national team. The Brazilian joined Internacional's academy in 2002, progressing through the youth set up before making his senior debut in 2013 where he won the Campeonato Gaúcho title in each season.

He signed for Roma in July 2016 and was awarded Serie A Goalkeeper of the Year in 2017–18. In July 2018, Liverpool signed Alisson for a fee of £66.8 million (€72.5 million), and since then, he has won the Premier League, FA Cup, EFL Cup, UEFA Champions League and FIFA Club World Cup.

Alisson also represented Brazil at various youth levels before making his senior international debut in 2015. He represented the nation at the FIFA World Cup in 2018 and 2022, and the Copa América in 2016, 2019 and 2021, winning the 2019 tournament while also being named its best goalkeeper.

7) Hernandez brothers

Ranking the top nine football brothers in the world

Lucas is a French professional footballer who plays as a centre-back or full-back for Ligue 1 club Paris Saint-Germain and the France national team and he is known for his versatility and defensive prowess. He is the older brother of fellow professional footballer Theo, and the son of Jean-François Hernandez, a retired footballer.

Lucas started his career with Atlético Madrid where he reached the 2016 UEFA Champions League final and also won the 2018 Europa League and the Super Cup in the same year. He signed for Bayern in 2019, winning the Bundesliga, DFB-Pokal, and Champions League, and then joined Paris Saint-Germaine in 2023.

He was also part of the winning squad at the 2018 FIFA World Cup and also participated at UEFA Euro 2020 and the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

Meanwhile, his younger brother, Theo, plays as a left-back for Serie A club AC Milan and the France national team. He is known for his speed, dribbling, and goal scoring ability, he is regarded as one of the best full-backs in the world.

8) Williams brothers

Ranking the top nine football brothers in the world

Inaki Williams, the eldest of the two brothers, is a professional footballer who plays as a forward for La Liga club Athletic Bilbao and the Ghana national team. His career was developed at the Athletic Bilbao's academy, where he has made over 400 first-team appearances for the club, including a La Liga record of 251 consecutive games.

Williams made his full debut for the Spain national team in 2016 and in 2022, he chose to represent Ghana at international level, being selected for the 2022 World Cup as well as the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations.

His younger brother, Nico, also plays as a winger for La Liga club Athletic Bilbao and the Spain national team. He joined Athletic Bilbao's youth academy in 2013 and was promoted to the reserve team in 2020 and to the first team. Nico debuted for Spain's senior side in 2022 and was a member of their 2022 FIFA World Cup squad.

9) Mac Allister brothers

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Kevin Mac Allister, one of the brothers is an Argentine professional footballer who plays as a center-back or full-back for the Belgian Pro League club Union SG and he is also big brother to Alexis Mac Allister and little brother to Footballer Francis Mac Allister.

Kevin, just like his two brothers, started his career with Argentinos Juniors and his first appearance for the Argentinos first-team came on February 2016, in a 4–1 defeat to Estudiantes and he made three more appearances the same year.

Kevin also made 16 in Primera B Nacional as Argentinos won the title and he scored his first senior goal in March 2018 against Gimnasia y Esgrima. He then joined Mac Allister joined Boca Juniors on loan in January 2019. On July 2023, Belgian club Union SG announced the signing of Mac Allister on a three-year contract, with an option of a further year.

Meanwhile, Alexis plays as a midfielder for Premier League club Liverpool and the Argentina national team. Alexis joined Brighton & Hove Albion in 2019 but was immediately loaned back to Argentinos Juniors until the end of the season and later to rivals Boca Juniors, where he won the 2019–20 Primera División.

He also represented Argentina at under-23 level, winning the 2020 CONMEBOL Pre-Olympic Tournament and playing at the 2020 Summer Olympics. He made his senior international debut in 2019 and was part of the Argentina squad that won the 2022 Finalissima and the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

Francis joined Boca Unidos of Primera B Nacional on loan in 2017 and his first appearance for Boca was in a 0–0 with Flandria on October 8, prior to scoring his first goal in November versus Independiente Rivadavia.

He returned to Argentinos in 2017, going on to appear sixty-seven times. In November 2020, Francis signed for fellow Primera División side Talleres and in June 2022, Mac Allister moved to fellow league club Rosario Central.