To find a footballing family is not entirely a rare thing. All the major leagues in Europe have hosted members of the same family, with the most common pairing being brothers. However, to find a fathers-son combination can be somewhat rare. Herein are some of the most famous father and son combinations ever to grace the Spanish league. Some of these are still playing football, so if you’re interested in seeing them play live, then head over to Spanish Kicks and grab yourself some football tickets to see the maestros in action.
Miguel Alonso And Xabi Alonso
Miguel Alonso is an accomplished legend in the Spanish football. He plied his trade in the great Real Sociedad team of the late 70s and early 80s. During his time with Real Sociedad, he played 154 games. His period with the club was fruitful, with two domestic league championships to show for his work and dedication to the club. He would go to represent his national team, Spain in the 1982 World Cup that was hosted in his home country. After that, he did a small spell with Barcelona.
In more recent history, his son, Xabi Alonso, emerged as club favourite at Real Sociedad. However, he opted to make a switch to the English Premier League, gracing the Liverpool colours. During his spell at Liverpool, Xabi Alonso went on to win a Champions League trophy, which saw him score in a dramatic final where Liverpool recovered from three goals down to win the cup. He would later return to the Spanish League, but would don Real Madrid colours, with whom he won a second Champions League Cup and other domestic cups. To further cement his legendary status in Spanish football, he represented Spain In 2010s South African World Cup, where they won thus becoming arguably the most successful of the two Alonso footballers.
Johann And Jordi Cruyff
This is a case of a son trying to emulate his father but not being able to fit the bill. Johann is Barca legend, having played for the club and later on going to manage it, some of his goals are extraordinary. His love for the Barcelona football club was so insurmountable that he gave his son a name that honours the club. The name Jordi came from the patron saint of Catalonia, Saint Jordi.
Although Jordi did not fit the boots of his father, he did have a decent career as well. In the min 90s, Jordi made 41 appearances for the high- profile club that is no mean feat.
Manuel Sanchis Martinez And Manuel Sanchis Hontiyuelo
This is another legendary father-son combination. Having both plied their trade for Real Madrid, it is true to say that they both ascribed to the saying “Hala Madrid”. Manuel Sanchis senior is a decorated player. He is 1966 European Cup winner. The Real Madrid defender amassed over 140 appearances throughout his period with this famous club that saw him win many domestic cups aside from the European Cup. He also represented Spain in the 1966 World Cup Finals in England.
However, his son arguably had the most successful period of the two. In his time with Real Madrid, he amassed an astonishing 700 appearances, dwarfing his father’s tally. He would also win two European Cups with the club, in 1998 and 2000. Just like his father, Manuel Sanchis junior represented Spain in the World Cup Finals as well as in the European Championship.
Carles Busquets And Sergio Busquets
This is a tale of a son perfecting his father’s trade, though in a different area. Carles Busquets was reputed as the back keeper for Spain, behind the number one choice Andoni Zubizarreta Carles. He, however, did manage 79 appearances for Barcelona including an appearance for the 1991 loss against Man United in the European Cup Winner’s Cup Final, although they won the Cup the following year.
Hi son, Sergio Busquets is a story success. He has won numerous domestic and international cups including three Champions League Cups. Unlike his father who was a goalkeeper, Busquets junior plies his trade as a middle fielder with Barcelona.