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Destined For Greatness? Meet Zidane's Four Sons

One of the greatest players of his generation, 1998 FIFA World Cup winner Zinedine Zidane has four sons who are all chasing their own dreams in football but are feeling the burden of their famous father's shadow.

Click through the mini-gallery above to see Zidane's four sons.

The Zidane name carries huge weight in football after Zinedine Zidane won multiple team and individual trophies, including the UEFA Champions League, the World Cup and the UEFA European Championship during his playing career.

However, it is also a weight his four sons Enzo, Luca, Theo and Elyaz are now carrying on their shoulders in their own attempts to make a living from the beautiful game, as RealTOTAL pointed out.

Zidane himself recently stated that he is concerned about the intelligence and health of his four sons.

"They don't have a life like the others. I'm afraid they will become little idiots," Zidane is quoted as saying in a biography about the Frenchman written by French journalist Frederic Hermel, per RealTOTAL.

"I don't want wealth and everything I represent, everything that happens around me, to mislead them. I want them to be good people."

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Zinedine's eldest son Enzo, though, seems to be struggling under the expectations that come with his family name. The 25-year-old made his Real debut under his father in the Copa del Rey in 2017, scoring once in a 6-1 win over CyD Leonesa.

He was also part of the UEFA Champions League squad that won the 2017 final, but left the club on a free transfer for Deportivo Alaves in July 2017. However, he has since struggled to leave his mark wherever he has gone, with stints at Lausanne Sport, Rayo Majadahonda and Desportivo Aves following. He is currently on the books of LaLiga 2 side Almeria, which is coached by his father's former teammate Guti Hernandez, but has only featured for 10 minutes since joining the club in January.

While Enzo is already considered by many to be a "lost talent", Zinedine's second-eldest son Luca is making a name for himself as goalkeeper. He, too, came through Real's youth academy, and made his debut under his father in May 2018. Overall, he has made two first-team appearances for Los Blancos, but is currently on loan at Racing Santander in LaLiga 2. The 22-year-old represented France at all youth levels, winning the U17 UEFA European Championship along the way, but the latest reports suggest that he could change his international allegiance and play for Algeria at senior level.

While the judges are still out on Luca, Zinedine's two youngest sons currently play for Real's academy. Both of them, though, have taken their mother's surname. Theo Fernandez, 18 – who looks strikingly like a young Zinedine – plays in Real's U19 side and has often been compared to his famous father due to his trickery and skills. He is yet to break into Real's first team but was allowed to train with the seniors towards the end of last year.

The youngest son is Elyaz, who currently plays in the U15 team at Real's academy. Unlike his brothers Enzo and Theo, the 15-year-old left-footer plays a more defensive role. Due to his young age, there is, as yet, not much hype around him, even though his father recently shared one of his goals via Instagram.

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It remains to be seen how Theo and Elyaz, in particular, progress in their respective careers, but the paths trodded by Enzo and Luca seemingly prove how difficult it can be to play football in the shadow of their famous father.

Do you think any of Zidane's sons could still reach the heights their famous father did? Have your say in the comments section below.  


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