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Some families are just full of sporting excellence while siblings have always been looking to push each other to the limit – whether that is in football or at the end of our tether is another matter.
It is, therefore, no surprise to see some of the biggest players in the world have a brother tagging along, probably started by their mums telling them to take them up the park with them. However, they have not always garnered as much success as their siblings, sometimes disappearing into obscurity or looking to ride their coattails one last time.
Here, at Daily Star Sport, we shine some light on those that might not always be the star of the show and in their brother's shadows.
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Tammy and Timmy Abraham
Breaking into the Chelsea team and becoming their top goalscorer two seasons in a row before joining AS Roma has made Abraham something of a household name in the Premier League with links to Arsenal and Manchester United. But while transfer talk surrounds Tammy, his brother Timmy has just completed his own move – joining League Two side Walsall on a one-year deal after his contract expired at Fulham.
Romelu and Jordan Lukaku
It has been a wild summer for the Lukakus, with Romelu returning to Inter Milan after just one year at Chelsea where he was signed for £97million.
Jordan, though, was released from Lazio and is on the lookout for a new club this year, maybe his brother can help him out?
Thiago and Rafinha Alcantara
Thiago has a list of prizes in his trophy cabinet – the Champions League, several La Liga and Bundesliga titles, the FA Cup – and is renowned for his gorgeous style of play. It must make for an irritating Christmas dinner for poor Rafinha, whose own resume includes Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain, but not close to being anywhere on his brother's level.
Eden, Thorgan, Kylian and Ethan Hazard
A family that is brimming with sporting talent, the Hazards are a rarity in that all four brothers are playing. Eden is at Real Madrid, Thorgan with Borussia Dortmund, Kylian at Cercle Brugge while young Ethan is a youth footballer who is currently on the books of Belgian side Royale Union Tubize-Braine.
Whatever parents Thierry and Carine Hazard were doing, they were clearly doing something right.
Toni and Felix Kroos
When looking up some of the best midfielders of the last decade, it would not take long before finding the name Toni Kroos – a staple of Real Madrid's team since his signing in 2014. The German has made 365 appearances, winning three La Liga titles and four Champions League trophies, as well as making over 100 caps for his country.
Felix, on the other hand, has not had nearly as much success, making a modest career in the Bundesliga and 2. Bundesliga with Werder Bremen, Union Berlin and Eintracht Braunschweig before retiring last year. He was recently appointed as Union Berlin Under-19 boss and might find coaching his calling and finally have something to brag over his brother.
Luuk and Siem De Jong
There are likely thousands of Geordie brothers who dream of playing at St. James Park together but not all can go on to achieve that feat. However, the De Jong brothers can claim that accolade, perhaps surprisingly. Neither had a massive impact at Newcastle and narrowly missed out on each other after Luuk signed on loan in January 2014.
Siem would go on to join in the summer but by the time of his arrival, his sibling had returned to Borussia Monchengladbach after failing to score at all. Alan Pardew must have got the wrong brother.
Paul and Florentin Pogba
Almost every football fan knows all about Pogba, whether its his social media antics or on-field panache, the Frenchman is a worldwide superstar while his return to Juventus from United this summer has been well-documented. What might have gone under the radar was his brother Florentin's own transfer after leaving French side Sochaux.
The 31-year-old – who represents Guinea at international level – joined Indian Super League club ATK Mohun Bagan in June on a two-year deal – a slight step down from Juve.
Mikel and Xabi Alonso
Known for his jaw-dropping passing skills and as a holding midfielder, Xabi Alonso might be one of the finest players of his generation with a glistening CV including Liverpool, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich. But while brother Mikel enjoyed a decent stint at Real Sociedad, that was as good as it got for the older Alonso.
Bolton fans might wearily remember the midfielder after he made a handful of appearances on loan in 2007/08 while even the most avid Charlton fans might have forgotten that Mikel was on their books after spending one season at the Valley without playing a single game.
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