36 Brilliant Photos Of Footballing Fathers

Chris Wright

18th, June 2011


By Chris Wright

It’s not time to make a change, just relax, take it easy…

Wayne Rooney’s young son Kai flunks an absolute sitter in front of the Stretford End

Michael Essien chats away with his Dad before a charity game in his native Ghana

Letter of the law:  Bolton’s Tamir Cohen sees yellow for taking off his shirt to reveal a picture of his late father, Avi, after scoring the winning goal against Arsenal back in April

The two Frank Lampards sit in the stands to watch Chelsea’s Premier League tie with Wolves

US coach Bob Bradley attempts to calm son Michael after the States’ 2-2 draw with Slovenia at the 2010 World Cup ended in controversy

Jack Rodwell signed his new deal with Everton last year with his father, Malcolm, by his side

Five-year old Lionel Messi (i’ll let you guess which of these whippersnappers is actually Leo) and his father Jorge (on the right) pose with the rest of the Grandoli urchins, 1992

Two generations, one haircut between them: Jorge and Lionel (and Lionel’s brother Matias), 14 years on

Kasper Schmeichel (then of Notts County) looks for a ‘thumbs up’ from dad, Peter

Juan Sebastian Veron receives the Copa Libertadores Best Player Trophy with father Juan Ramon (right) by his side, 2009

Michel and Aldo Platini stand either side of Alessendro Del Piero before a friendly between Nancy and Juventus, 2009

Sergio Aguero, his little sister and their father Leonel pose with Kun’s U20 World Cup trophy haul, 2007

Diego Maradona rushes to greet his father, ‘Don Diego’, during an Argentina training session in Buenos Aires, 2009

Wensley Engelaar helps hold son Orlando’s new shirt aloft during his official presentation at German side Schalke, 2008

The Beckham brood, Brooklyn and Romeo, watch on as father David celebrates Real Madrid’s title win on the Bernabeu turf, 2007

Zinedine Zidane touches down at Algiers airport with mother Malika and father Smail in tow, 2006

Wim Bergkamp kicks off his son Dennis’ testimonial game with Ajax at the new Emirates Stadium, 2006

Harry Kewell’s young daughter Ruby unfurls a message for her Dad during Australia’s second-round tie with Italy at the 2006 World Cup

Ronaldo is embraced by his father Nelio Nazario after a training session in Frankfurt shortly before the 2006 World Cup was due to start in earnest

Jordi Cruyff (then of Alaves) kisses his father Johan after receiving his UEFA Cup runners-up medal from UEFA President Lennart Johansson after the Spanish side were beaten by Liverpool, 2001

Gianfranco Zola’s father watches his son train with the rest of the Chelsea side in preparation for the FA Cup Final, 1997

Bryan Robson’s daughters Claire and Charlotte join their dad as he lifts the FA Cup (won by Manchester United the previous season) before his testimonial game against Celtic, 1990

Harry Redknapp gives son Jamie an ear-bashing from the touchlines during their time together at Southampton, 2005

Samuel Eto’o receives the African Footballer of the Year Award from his father before Barcelona’s game against Real Mallorca, 2005

Shaun Wright-Phillips warms up alongside dad Ian Wright before Martin Keown’s Arsenal testimonial at Highbury, 2004

Daniel Van Buyten (then of Standard Liege) larks around with his impossibly snazzy-looking father Francis, 1999

Cesare and Marisa Maldini welcome young Paolo into the world, 1968

The Maldini family, with a slightly older Paolo waving from the arm of the settee, 1973

Phil and father Neville Neville watch the rest of the England squad train for Le Tournoi, 1997

PFA Player of the Year Teddy Sheringham  shows off the trophy to his old man, 2001

The-then Porto coach Jose Mourinho shakes hands with his father Felix, 2003

It’s those crazy Redknapps again!

George Best gives young son Callum a piggy-back ride, 1988

Pablo Forlan trains for Uruguay at Hillsborough before the 1966 World Cup. His son, Diego, is possibly swimming around somewhere in them thar testicles.

Bobby Charlton Snr, father of Bobby and Jack, raises his glass in a toast after seeing his boys do him proud at the World Cup in 1966

Brian Clough and his son Nigel pose in Tokyo ahead of Forest’s World Club Championship tie against Nacional, 1981

We know we’re a few hours premature, but Happy Father’s Day everyone.

(Photos: PA)

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