Daniel Maldini recently made his Serie A debut for AC Milan, following in the footsteps of his father Paolo and grandfather Cesare as a Rossoneri player.
The 18-year-old midfielder came off the bench in Milan’s 1-1 draw with Hellas Verona on Sunday, February 2 and now sits just 646 appearances behind his father with regards to league appearances for the four-time Champions League winners.
With his grandfather Cesare also a former AC Milan player, having represented the club 347 times between 1954 and 1966, Sportsmail takes a look at the other football families that span across of football…
Daniele Maldini made his professional debut for AC Milan this week following dad Paolo
Marcos Alonso may have won some of the best trophies around with Chelsea, but his haul is nothing compared to that of his father and grandfather.
Marcos Alonso Imaz, two generations above the Chelsea left-back, was a highly successful defender for Real Madrid, winning five La Liga titles and five European Cups during the 1950s and 1960s.
As well as making 158 appearances for Los Blancos, he also turned out for other Spanish clubs such as Racing Santander, Hercules and Murcia, while he was also capped twice by Spain.
Marcos Alonso Imaz was a successful defender for Real Madrid in the 1950s and 60s
Marcos Alonso Pena was capped by Spain and played against England at Wembley in 1981
His son, Marcos Alonso Pena, also had a distinguished football career with some of Spain’s biggest teams.
The winger joined Atletico Madrid from Santander in 1979, before joining Barcelona three years later.
After 128 appearances for the Catalan club where he won La Liga, the Copa del Rey, Spanish Super Cup and League Cup, he rejoined Atletico in 1987 and played for two more years.
He also coached the Rojiblancos in the 2000/01 season, guiding Atletico to fourth place in the Spanish second division.
Chelsea’s Marcos Alonso is the third of the Alonso family to play professional football
That just leaves Chelsea’s Marcos Alonso as the third member of the Alonso family to have played professional football.
The left-back, who also played for English sides Bolton Wanderers and Sunderland during his career, has won the Premier League, FA Cup and Europa League since joining Stamford Bridge in 2016.
Diego Forlan’s journey to being a world-renowned star also began two generations ago.
His grandfather, Juan Carlos Corazzo, was a player for Independiente in the 1930s, but is best known for his time as manager of the Uruguayan national team in the 1950s and 60s.
It was under Corazzo’s stewardship that Uruguay went 14 games unbeaten between 1967 and 1968, a record which stood until 2012 when Oscar Tabarez went 18 games without a loss with the national side.
His son-in-law, Pablo Forlan, was also a successful player in South America. Forlan Snr won the Uruguayan top-flight five times with Penarol, as well as the Copa Libertadores title in 1966.
Diego Forlan’s career started with his grandfather Juan Carlo Carazzo back in the 1930s
Diego Forlan’s father, Pablo (right), playing at the 1974 World Cup for Uruguay against Bulgaria
The defender then joined Sao Paulo in 1970 and spent six years there before returning to Penarol for another season there.
Diego Forlan is the most familiar member of the Forlan clan to English audiences, having spent two years at Manchester United between 2002 and 2004.
At Old Trafford, Forlan won the Premier League in 2003 and the 2004 FA Cup before moving to Spain with Villareal in 2005.
Diego Forlan captained his country to the World Cup semi-finals in 2010
On top of those English domestic honours with United, Forlan also won the Europa League with Atletico Madrid in 2010, scoring the winner in the final against Fulham.
And in 2016, he followed in his father’s footsteps by winning the Uruguayan league.
There’s an unbelievable number of footballers that have come from the Gudjohnsen family.
The person who started it all was Arnor Gudjohnsen, a striker who played for the likes of SK Lokeren in Belgium, Bordeaux in France and Orebro in Sweden.
Anor, however, is probably best known for his time at Anderlecht, where he spent six seasons and topped the Belgian scoring charts in 1986-87.
Arnor Gudjohnsen (right) embraces his son Eidur during an international match with Iceland
Gudjohnsen played in the Premier League for Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur and Stoke City
The striker is only known for scoring 14 goals in 73 games for Iceland, and once featured for an international match playing alongside his son, Eidur, in a 3-0 win over Estonia in 1996.
Eidur Gudjohnsen had a fine career as a striker, particularly in England and Spain.
The forward won back-to-back Premier League titles with Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea in 2005 and 2006, before joining Barcelona where he won the treble with the Catalan club in 2009.
Furthermore, Arnor Gudjohnsen Junior, Eidur’s half-brother, is also a professional striker, and is currently playing for Swansea City’s Under 23 squad.
And even more spectacularly, all three of Eidur’s children are currently aiming to be footballers.
Svenin Gudjohnsen is currently playing for Spezia, while Andri and Daniel Gudjohnsen are both at the Real Madrid academy.
Andri Gudjohnsen (left) is a young Icelandic striker at the Real Madrid academy
Tomas Balcazar was the first in a long line of his family to embark on a career in football.
The striker played 346 times for Chivas de Guadlajara between 1948 and 1958 and was part of the ‘campeonismo’ side that won eight Mexican league titles in ten years.
Balcazar also played international football for Mexico and scored for his country in a 3-2 group stage defeat to France in the 1954 World Cup in Switzerland.
Javier Hernandez Snr, known as Chicharo, was a Mexico international like his father
His son-in-law was Javier Hernandez Gutierrez, who was known through his career as Chicharo (‘pea’ in Spanish). Hernandez played as a midfielder for Mexican sides Tecos, Puebla and Monarcas Morelia, as well as being capped 28 times by his country.
His son, also named Javier Hernandez, was therefore known as ‘Chicarito’ (‘little pea’) throughout his own career as a striker.
After four seasons as Guadalajara, Chicharito joined Manchester United in 2010 where he won two Premier League titles under Sir Alex Feerguson in 2011 and 2013.
Following spells at Real Madrid, West Ham United, Sevilla and Bayer Leverkusen, Chicharito has just joined LA Galaxy for the 2020 Major League Soccer season.
Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez has just joined LA Galaxy after spells at West Ham and Man Utd
Out of all the three generation football families, none have scored more goals than the Kluivert family.
The most prolific goalscorer was Kenneth Kluivert, who scored 366 goals in just 345 matches for S.V Robinhood in the Surinamese top-flight.
His son, Patrick Kluivert, was a world-renowned striker during his playing days. Patrick played for some of Europe’s most established clubs, including Ajax, AC Milan and Barcelona, where he won the 1999 La Liga title.
Oldest to youngest: Kenneth (left), Patrick (middle) and Justin (Kluivert) have all had careers
Patrick Kluivert was a clinical striker for both club and country
Patrick also spent time at Newcastle United, Valencia, PSV and Lille before retiring in 2008.
On the international stage, the striker scored a staggering 40 goals in 79 matches during a ten-year career with Hollandbetween 1994 and 2004.
Patrick’s son, Justin, is now one of Europe’s most exciting young talents given the goalscoring prowess that his family have already produced on the big stage.
After starring for Ajax in the Eredevisie, Justin is now turning out for Roma in Serie A, with the 20-year-old already surpassing 50 career appearances for the Giallorossi.
Patrick Kluivert is following his father’s footsteps by netting in Europe for AS Roma
Martin Koeman was the first Dutch defensive stalwart to come out of the Koeman family.
The defender appeared over 400 times for Groningen between 1963 and 1971, while he was also capped once by the Netherlands in 1964.
Martin’s two sons, Erwin and Ronald Koeman, both continued his legacy in the world of football.
Martin Koeman is a Groningen legend having represented the club over 400 times
After appearing in Holland for the likes Groningen, Ajax and PSV, Ronald joined Barcelona in 1989 and featured nearly 200 times for the La Liga giants.
Ronald won four Spanish top-flight titles, as well as the treble in 1992. He has also achieved a great deal as a manager, having managed the likes of Ajax, Valencia, Southampton, Everton and now the Dutch national team.
While Ronald enjoyed a great deal of success in Europe, Erwin stayed in Holland during his playing career. He was, however, a part of his brother’s coaching staff at Premier League sides Southampton and Everton.
There’s more. Ronald Koeman Jnr is also a professional footballer and is currently turning out as a goalkeeper for TOP Oss in the Dutch second-tier.
Ronald Koeman was a key defender for Barcelona and helped them win the treble in 1992
Ronald Koeman Jnr in goal for TOP Oss who play in the Dutch second division
Before Michael and Brian Laudrup, there was Finn Laudrup, who both played for and managed Danish side Brondby in the 1970s and 80s.
Finn was also a player on the international stage, as the striker scored six goals in 19 appearances for Denmark between 1967 and 1979.
Michael, Finn’s eldest son, is widely regarded as one of the greatest midfielders to ever play the game.
Finn Laudrup (right) with son Michael who took over his football legacy with his brother Brian
He too started at Brondby, but then went on to play for Lazio, Juventus and Ajax, before crossing the divide between Real Madrid and Barcelona in La Liga.
Like Koeman, Michael was part of the treble winning Barcelona side of 1992, which was one of five La Liga titles he won as a player. He also enjoyed success as a manager, which included winning the League Cup with Swansea City in 2014.
Brian had a successful career as a player, representing the likes of Bayern Munich, Fiorentina and AC Milan, while he also embarked on a playing career in Britain with Rangers and Chelsea.
Michael’s son, Andreas, briefly flew his father’s flag at professional level. The midfielder played for FC Nordsjaelland and had a loan spell at Saint-Etienne in 2013, but, in 2015, he was forced to retire from football at the age of 29 due to arthritis.
Michael Laudrup (right) next to his son Andreas – the latest Laudrup to grace the game