Sometimes sibling rivalry extends to football. And indeed, a number of siblings have played in the English Premier League. As to be expected, fortunes have been mixed - with some winning titles, while others langusih at bootom feeder clubs. Here's 7 pairs of siblings to have played in the EPL...

  1. Rio and Anton Ferdinand (England) - The Ferdinand brothers are identical in physical appearance and both played as centre backs. The now retired Rio was the more illustrious of the brothers winning 6 Premier League titles with Manchester United, playing for West Ham United and Leeds United earlier in his career before retiring at QPR.
  2. Gary and Phil Neville (England) - The Neville brothers came through the ranks at Manchester United, progressing to the first team at the same time. For several years, quite a number of people thought they were twins but Gary is the older of the two, retiring in 2011 after making 400 Premier League appearances, winning 8 league titles. Phil left Manchester United in 2005 joining Everton till 2103.
  3. Kolo and Yaya Toure (Ivory Coast) - The Africans had the unique distinction of playing and winning the 2011/12 league title together at Manchester City. Kolo spent 7 years at Arsenal, winning the 2004 Premier League title before joining Man City to win his second Premier League title, which makes him the first African to win the Premier League title with 2 different clubs. Yaya was the catalyst that propelled Man City as a force in the league after signing for the club in 2010. Whenever he was away at the nation’s cup or injured, the club always suffered a slump in form. The 4-time African Footballer of the Year won 2 league titles with Manchester City.
  4. Kieron and Nathan Dyer (England) - Kieron was tipped to be the next big thing, as he was one of the new breed generations of English football. Poor form and persistent injuries saw him fail to consistently perform at Newcastle United. Like his brother, Nathan is also a winger who won last season’s Premier League title on-loan at Leicester City, though he played a peripheral role. He has returned to parent club Swansea City.
  5. Shola and Sammy Ameobi (Nigeria) - The brothers were given a run out in the first team at Newcastle United by Alan Pardew. Big brother, Shola who played for Nigeria at the 2014 FIFA World Cup, had been in the first team of the Magpies since 2000, playing majorly as an impact striker off the bench due to persistent injuries which made it difficult for him to be relied on. Sammy though yet to be capped by Nigeria made his Premier League debut for Newcastle United on 15th May 2011, thus both brothers became the first pair of brothers to play in the league for Newcastle for 59 years.
  6. Andre and Jordan Ayew (Ghana) - The African duo were a part of the Ghanaian team that finished as runner-up at the 2015 AFCON. They both moved to the Premier League in the summer of 2015 from France. Andre signed for Swansea City for free, while Jordan joined Aston Villa but got relegated with the Villains at the end of the season. Andre’s impressive performances in his debut season saw him earn a record transfer to West Ham United in August 2016.
  7. Christian and Jonathan Benteke (Belgium) - Christian was a big hit upon signing for Aston Villa in 2012, consistently scoring vital goals. Perhaps it wasn’t coincidental that his departure coincided with Aston Villa’s relegation following his ill-fated big money transfer to Liverpool where he failed to live up to earlier expectations. He transferred to Crystal Palace in 2016 as a record signing. Younger brother, Jonathan, who is 21 years old and also a striker, signed for Crystal Palace in 2016 from Zulte-Waregem of Belgium. He recently made his Premier League debut replacing big brother, Christian for the final six minutes against Middlesbrough. 

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