Five pairs of brothers to play together in the Premier League

Rafael Da Silva and Fabio Da Silva - Manchester United celebrate

Ahead of Jonathan Benteke potentially making his Premier League bow this weekend, we take a look at five pairs of footballing siblings.

Crystal Palace's Christian Benteke appeals to Mike Dean

Alan Pardew has claimed that new signing Jonathan Benteke could be set to feature alongside older brother – and £32 million man – Christian Benteke against Middlesbrough this weekend.

Ahead of the pair potentially lining up together, we take a look at five more pairs of siblings who have featured either alongside or against each other in the Premier League era.

Gary and Phil Neville

Probably the most famous pair of siblings to play in the Premier League, twins Gary and Phil Neville played in almost 1300 Premier League games between them.

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Both having come through the ranks at Manchester United – as part of the now legendary class of ’92 – both Gary and Phil were regulars in the starting line-up throughout most of the late 90s and early 2000s.

Older twin Gary eventually went on to make over 600 appearances for The Red Devils, collecting eight Premier League titles and two UEFA Champions League triumphs along the way.

Younger sibling Phil departed the club in 2005 – having made 386 appearances in all competitions – making the move to Everton, a club he went on to captain and make a further 303 appearances.

The pair also share 144 England caps between them, with Gary having made 85 appearances for his country between 1995 and 2007, whilst Phil collected 59 between 1996 and 2007.

Yaya and Kolo Toure

Another pair of Premier League icons, and two of their country's most successful ever athletes; Yaya and Kolo Toure share an amazing 218 Ivory Coast caps between them – Kolo having made 118 to Yaya’s 100.

Manchester City's Yaya Toure in action with Steaua Bucharest's Ovidiu Popescu

Kolo Toure moved to Arsenal in February of 2002, after impressing Arsene Wenger in an initial temporary trial, and went on to make 326 appearances for the Gunners, as well as a further 103 for Manchester City. He also won two Premier League titles – one of which was part of Arsenal’s 2003-04 'Invincibles' side – and three FA Cup medals during his time spent in England.

Younger brother Yaya has experienced a similarly successful career in England, having joined Manchester City in July of 2010 from Spanish side FC Barcelona.

Going on to become an integral part of the club’s Premier League and European resurgence, Yaya has appeared in 266 games for The Citizens, scoring 75 goals along the way.

Liverpool's Kolo Toure during the press conference

Widely regarded as one of the finest box-to-box midfielders ever to have graced the Premier League, Yaya appeared alongside brother Kolo whilst playing for City in 2013.

The pair also appeared on opposing sides in 2015, when Kolo’s then-club Liverpool lined up against Yaya’s Manchester City in a Premier League heavyweight clash.

Rio and Anton Ferdinand

Both Rio and Anton Ferdinand began their careers in West Ham’s fabled academy, before the centre-backs' careers took a very different route.

Rio left West Ham in November of 2000 in a record-breaking £18 million move that saw him join Premier League rivals Leeds.

Rio Ferdinand

He then moved on to Manchester United just two seasons later for a further £30 million – again a record fee – where he would eventually go on to make 455 appearances, establishing himself as a club legend in the process.

Forming a formidable partnership widely viewed as one of the most fearsome the league has ever witnessed with fellow defender Nemanja Vidic, Ferdinand also made 81 appearances for England across a 14-year international career.

Younger brother Anton eventually went on to make 164 appearances for The Hammers between 2003 and 2008, before moving on to Sunderland.

Former QPR defender Anton Ferdinand

Anton has since played for Q.P.R, Bursaspor and Antalyaspor in Turkey, and Reading, and currently turns out for Southend United.

Andre and Jordan Ayew

One of the Premier League’s newest pair of brothers, Andre and Jordan Ayew both made the move to England in the summer of 2015.

Older brother Ayew, 26, joined Swansea on a free transfer from French side Marseille, eventually going on to score 12 Premier League goals in his debut campaign in England.

Andre Ayew celebrates after scoring the first goal for Swansea

Impressing enough to earn a £20 million move to West Ham just a year later, Andre is currently out injured, after being forced to leave the pitch on his very first appearance for the Hammers.

Younger brother Jordan, 24, joined Aston Villa from French side Lorient, for a fee reported to be around £8 million.

Despite impressing in his debut campaign – scoring a club-highest 7 goals in the Premier League – Ayew’s goals were not enough to prevent Villa from being relegated, with the Midlands club slipping into the Championship having secured just 17 points all season.

Fabio and Rafael da Silva

Identical twins Rafael and Fabio da Silva joined Manchester United in February of 2007, with big things expected of both of the young, attacking full-backs.

Rafael Da Silva and Fabio Da Silva - Manchester United celebrate

Despite both failing to live up to their lofty expectations, it was Rafael who made the greatest impact, eventually going on to make 169 appearances for the club across all competitions in his seven seasons in Manchester before leaving in the summer of 2015 for French side Lyon.

Left-back Fabio could only make 56 appearances for United, before making the move to Q.P.R on loan in 2012.

After initially impressing, Fabio eventually joined Cardiff the following season, going on to make 68 appearances for the club across the following three seasons, before joining newly-promoted Middlesbrough for the new Premier League season.

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