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Best footballers with superstar dads team, including Drogba, Eto’o & Zidane

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CHARLIE SAVAGE is the latest footballer looking to emulate the success of their father as he continues to star for Wales U19s.

The midfielder, 19, is currently impressing in Manchester United's academy - where his dad, Robbie, started his career.

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, 24, Pittsburgh Panthers

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.

Now, he plys his trade in the US at university team Pittsburgh Panthers.

Joe is now back at Noordwijk, where he is looking to make his debut.


Harvey Neville, 19, Inter Miami

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 made an impression in the youth team, with the right-back a regular in the Premier League 2 side.

However, when his dad secured the Inter Miami job in 2021 he moved to the MLS, where he recently made his debut.

Maxim Gullit, 20, Cambuur

Son of Ruud and great nephew of Johan Cruyff, the centre-back burst on the scene this season for AZ Alkmaar's second team.

Although he failed to break into the first team, and since moved to newly promoted Cambuur last summer - making just five appearances.

Khephren Thuram, 20, 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 63 games in all competitions in the past three seasons.

Big brother Marcus is already making waves in the global game with Borussia Monchengladbach.


Justin Kluivert, 23, Roma (on loan at Nice)

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 French club Nice, where he has five goals in 29 games.

Theo Zidane, 19, Real Madrid

Big things are expected of the talented central midfielder at the Bernabeu.

The teenager has featured regularly in the Segunda Division B this season - and was promoted to the first team.

Mitchel Bergkamp, 23, without a club

Son of Arsenal icon Dennis, the Dutch midfielder linked up with Watford last year.

He joined the Hornets' U-23 side on an initial six-month contract but failed to earn a new deal.

Bergkamp is currently without a club.

Charlie Savage, 19, Man Utd

Son of ex-United, Leicester and Derby star Robbie, Charlie has been called up by Wales Under-18s to face England.

The 19-year-old is currently impressing in Manchester United's academy.

Savage Jr is now a regular for United's Under-23s.

Maurizio Pochettino, 21, Watford

The winger - son of Paris Saint-Germain gaffer Mauricio - joined Watford along with Bergkamp in the winter transfer window.

He made his one and only appearance for the club as an 85th minute sub in a 2–0 EFL Championship defeat to Brentford last season.


Etienne Eto'o, 19, Vitória de Guimarães

Son of Barcelona great Samuel, Eto'o started his career in Spain at Real Ovideo, just like his father, who made his debut on loan at Leganes from Real Madrid.

Judging by his sublime set-piece goal for Cameroon Under-20s last year, he certainly boasts the same deadly finishing as his dad.

However, he was released by Real Oviedo at the beginning of the season and has since resurfaced in Portugal.

Samuel Eto'o's son Etienne scores wonder free-kick on Cameroon debut before breaking down in tears

Isaac Drogba, 21, Coimbra B

Didier Drogba's son is currently playing for Portuguese minnows, Coimbra B.

He made his professional debut for Italian fourth division team Caratese the season before in a 4-1 win against Saluzzo, but failed to hit the heights set by his dad, Didier.