Top Five: Footballing brothers - featuring Leeds, Manchester United legends

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Featuring Leeds, Manchester United, Southampton and Rangers legends.


Jack Charlton turns 80 today, a legend of both Leeds United and England.

Progressing through the Leeds academy, Charlton made 762 appearances for the club during their most successful era.

He also won the World Cup with England in 1966, and is considered a real national hero - especially at Elland Road.

What is most surprising about Charlton’s career is the fact that he was such a success for Leeds, whilst his brother became a club legend for arch-rivals Manchester United.

The duo are two of the biggest names in English football history, and so to celebrate Charlton’s birthday, we take a look at the best five footballing brothers.

Jack and Bobby Charlton

As mentioned above, the ultimate brotherly duo. Winners of multiple titles and a World Cup between them, they set the bar for any other siblings to follow - whilst playing on rival teams.

Ronald and Erwin Koeman 

A successful international duo, with Ronald as the superior of the two, they now work alongside each other as manager and assistant manager with Premier League side Southampton.

Gary and Phil Neville

One is a legend of Manchester United, the other started his career with the Red Devils before enjoying a more productive stay at Everton. Gary may be winning the stakes as a pundit, but there is no denying that Phil was a much better player than many give him credit for. Also, their father is called Neville Neville, so, there’s that.

Yaya and Kolo Toure 

Arguably two of the best African footballers ever, it is unfortunate that Kolo has suffered a sharp downturn whilst Yaya has played the best football of his career. Both Premier League and AFCON winners, they currently face off against each other for Manchester City and Liverpool.

Frank and Ronald de Boer

Teammates at Ajax, Barcelona, Rangers, Al Rayyan, Al-Shamal and with the Netherlands international team, the de Boer’s won a host of trophies across their illustrious careers. Frank was the better player and currently the better manager, but Ronald was not half bad. Both work for Ajax at the moment, and win extra points for playing at opposite ends of the field, and favouring different feet.

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