ETIENNE ETO’O has become the latest footballer looking to emulate the success of their father after he scored on his Cameroon U-20 debut.
The 18-year-old has showed that class certainly runs in his family as he banged in an immaculate free-kick which reduced him to tears during his celebration.
A number of current footballers are looking to step out of the shadow of their famous fathers
And he is just one of a number of current footballers that will be trying to make a name for themselves instead of living of their famous father’s reputation.
Here, SunSport has made a 3-5-2 formation of a best XI of youngsters looking to forge a career for themselves.
Joe van der Sar, 22, Noordwijk
Son of legendary shot-stopper Edwin, the Dutch goalkeeper began his career at Man United, where his dad spent six years before retiring in 2011.
He then moved to Noordwijk before signing for Ajax in 2013 where Edwin is CEO.
Joe is now back at Noordwijk, where he is looking to make his debut.
Joe van der Sar, left, is the son of Manchester United legend Edwin
Harvey Neville, 18, Manchester United
You might as well start calling United the Red Nevilles, as Harvey’s dad Phil and uncle Gary won multiple trophies at Old Trafford.
Harvey started his career at United, before joining rivals Manchester City in 2013, before then linking up with Valencia after his father and uncle took charge of the first team.
Returning to United in 2018, Neville has been making an impression in the youth team, with the right-back featuring seven times in Premier League 2 this term.
He even appeared in the EFL Trophy during the club’s 4-0 defeat against Morecambe in November.
Harvey Neville has made a number of appearances for United’s reserves this campaign
Maxim Gullit, 19, AZ Alkmaar
Son of Ruud and great nephew of Johan Cruyff, the centre-back has burst on the scene this season for AZ Alkmaar’s second team.
He has appeared in 21 Dutch second division matches, while he made his debut for AZ’s first team in the Europa League against HNK Rijeka in October.
Maxim Gullit has starred for AZ Alkmaar’s second side this season in the Dutch second division
Khephren Thuram, 19, Nice
Lillian Thuram’s son is a defensive midfielder by trade, but is capable of slotting in at the back if needed.
The teenager is already a key player for the Ligue 1 club, featuring in 24 games in all competitions so far this term.
Nice star Khephren Thuram has appeared in 24 games for the French club this campaignCredit: Getty – Contributor
Justin Kluivert, 21, Roma (on loan at RB Leipzig)
Patrick Kluivert’s son made his debut for Ajax in January 2017 where he quickly became a huge hit with the fans.
He made his international debut for Holland a year later, before linking up with Roma in the summer of 2018.
Kluivert is currently on a season-loan at Bundesliga side RB Leipzig, where the right winger has scored twice in 18 games.
Justin Kluivert made his Holland debut in 2018 after starring for Ajax
Theo Zidane, 18, Real Madrid
Big things are expected of the talented central midfielder at the Bernabeu.
The teenager – who has featured twice in the Segunda Division B this season – was recently promoted to the first team by his famous dad Zinedine.
Real Madrid believe Theo Zidane has a big future at the club like hid dad ZinedineCredit: Sportsfile – Subscription
Mitchel Berkamp, 22, Watford
Son of Arsenal icon Dennis, the Dutch midfielder linked up with Watford earlier this month.
He has joined the Hornets’ U-23 side on an initial six-month contract where he is already looking at breaking into the first team.
Watford brought Mitchel Bergkamp to Vicarage Road on a free transfer earlier this month
Daniel Maldini, 19, AC Milan
Like his father Paolo and grandad Cesare, Daniel is looking to make his name at the San Siro for Milan.
The Italy youth international – who is tied down at the club until 2024 – has already featured in nine fixtures this term.
Daniel Maldini, left, is following in the footsteps of father Paolo, right, and grandfather Cesare at AC Milan
Maurizio Pochettino, 19, Watford
The left winger – son of Paris Saint-Germain gaffer Mauricio – joined Watford along with Bergkamp in the winter transfer window.
Prior to signing for the Championship side, Pochettino had scored once in eight Premier League 2 games for Tottenham this season.
Watford’s Maurizio Pochettino, left, was (almost) named after his father Mauricio
Etienne Eto’o, 18, Real Oviedo
Son of Barcelona great Samuel, Eto’o is also starting his career in Spain just like his father, who made his debut on loan at Leganes from Real Madrid.
And judging by Etienne’s sublime set-piece for Cameroon, he certainly boasts the same deadly finishing as his dad.
Etienne Eto’o showed he possesses deadly finishing like his dad Samuel on his Cameroon U-20 debut
Isaac Drogba, 20, Folgore Caratese
Didieer Drogba’s son is currently plying his trade at Serie D side Folgore Caratese.
He made his professional debut on Sunday in the 4-1 win against Saluzzo.