5 Footballers Who Weren't As Good As Their Brothers - Featuring Man Utd, Everton & Spurs

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Making it in professional football is hard enough without people expecting great things of you just because of your surname. When you brother is a world class player people inevitably expect that you will be in the same class rather than judging you on your own merits.

Here are five footballers who weren't as good as their brilliant brothers.

5. Joel Cantona

Only one year and a few months separated Eric Cantona and his younger brother Joel but their football careers proved to be very different. While the striker Eric became a French international and a Manchester United legend, his defender brother Joel's career never really got started.

Starting his football journey at Marseille, Joel's career path was soon on a downward trajectory. After a short spell at Stade Rennais, the younger Cantona would ply his trade for several clubs in the lower leagues of French football, interspersed with some time at Royal Antwerp of Belgium. In 1993 he played for Ujpest in Hungary, before following Eric to England.

However, it was not at the likes of Elland Road or Old Trafford that Joel would play. Instead he had an unsuccessful trial at Peterborough, before moving to Stockport where he would make only three appearances. Unlike Eric at Manchester United, Joel had never managed to find a spiritual home but in 1994 Marseille were relegated following a match fixing scandal and he would return to his first club and play out the final two seasons of his career.

Since retiring Joel has appeared in minor acting roles and has been involved in the development of beach football.

4. Carl Hoddle

As a product of Tottenham Hotspur's youth system Glenn Hoddle was known as 'The King of White Hart Lane' by the Spurs fans. Much was therefore expected of his younger brother Carl, who everyone hoped would follow the elder Hoddle's path from the Tottenham youth team to first eleven.

Instead, Carl Hoddle was released by Tottenham in the mid-eighties at the age of 18. At a strapping 6ft 4" tall, Carl Hoddle was too big and slow to follow in his brother's footsteps as a playmaker in the top echelons of English football but he was able to make a name for himself for Barnet at non-league level, before being sold to Leyton Orient in 1989.

In 1991 Carl returned to Barnet, who had by then been promoted to the fourth division of the Football League. During his second spell at the North London club, Carl went head-to-head against his brother when Barnet played Chelsea in the FA Cup. The brothers would later be united when Glenn became manager of Wolves and recruited Carl for a coaching and scouting role. Tragically, Carl died in 2008 of a brain aneurism at the age of 40.

3. Paul Terry

It's one thing not being able to match the achievements of your older brother, but quite another to have your achievements eclipsed by a younger sibling. While Paul Terry has had a journeyman career in non-league and lower divisions of the Football League, his younger brother John has won multiple honours at Chelsea and captained England.

At a few inches shorter than John at 5ft 10", Paul Terry was a midfielder rather than a central defender. He began his career at the then non-league Dagenham & Redbridge, before signing for the Division Three outfit Yeovil Town in 2003. Paul played for Yeovil for four years, before his contract expired and he signed for Leyton Orient.

After two seasons with Orient, Paul returned to non-league football and after a spell at Grays Athletic he signed for Rushden & Diamonds, where he followed in his brother's footsteps for all the wrong reasons. Shortly after the controversy that followed the revelation of John Terry's relationship with Wayne Bridge's former partner, it was alleged that Paul had an affair with the fiancee of his teammate Dale Roberts. The goalkeeper refused to play in the same team as Paul and would go on to commit suicide in 2010.

Paul Terry was released by Rushden & Diamonds after the incident and played for Darlington and Thurrock before retirement.

2. John Rooney

When Wayne Rooney burst onto the scene at Everton, it was debatable as to what was the more frightening - his own ability - or the fact that his younger brother John was reputedly considered the better prospect.

Despite his reputation, John Rooney left Everton aged 13 of his own accord because he wasn't enjoying the experience. He later signed for the League Two side Macclesfield and after making his first team debut in 2007, had become a regular by the 2009-10 season. With a name like Rooney, it was inevitable that bigger clubs would start sniffing around. Southampton were reputedly interested and John had an unsuccessful trial spell at Derby County.

Amidst this speculation, John turned down a contract extension from Macclesfield and left the club. He had another trial with Huddersfield who decided not to sign the free agent, before moving to America, where he was picked in the second round of the MLS draft by the New York Red Bulls. A season at Orlando City followed before a return to England.

Rooney struggled to establish himself during spells at Barnsley and Bury before eventually settling down at Conference Premier side Chester, where last season he was the leading goalscorer with 11 goals.

1. Hugo Maradona

Many an Argentine footballer has buckled under the weight of being hailed as the 'new Maradona', so it's little wonder that it was extremely difficult for an actual new Maradona to live up to his brother's legacy. Although they looked very similar and shared the same short, but stocky build, it was always asking a lot for the nine-years younger Hugo Maradona to ever be as good as a man who won a World Cup almost single-handedly.

Like Diego, the youngest Maradona brother started his career at Argentinos Juniors and was well regarded enough as a teenager to represent Argentina in the U-16 World Championship. Hugo followed his brother's career path with a move to Serie A, where he played for Ascoli, but after 13 games without a goal he moved to Rayo Vallecano.

He was no more successful in Spain and soon moved on to Rapid Vienna of Austria, before returning to Argentina, where he carved out a successful career in the lower leagues. Hugo Maradona finished his playing days in Japan, where he averaged almost a goal every other game over the space of six years.


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