Two cousins are facing off in the Champions League semi-final: Ferland Mendy for Real Madrid and Édouard Mendy for Chelsea. Football is full of family stories, like the Boateng brothers and Kolo and Yaya Touré who you all know! But many footballers have familial connections that you didn't know about. The G.O.A.T ( Lionel Messi) also falls in this list of players. Discover his football sibling now.
Lionel Messi and Bojan Krkic played together at Barcelona for several years but the two players are linked together with something more than just a Camp Nou past.
Krkik played on the same Barcelona team as Messi for a few years, and even broke his distant cousin’s club record as the youngest player to debut with the first team at 17 years 19 days.
In fact, Leo and Bojan are distant relatives, 4th cousins to be precise.
Here's their family tree in a short version and an expanded Spanish version which we'll explain to you below:
So, everything started with Mariano Perez Miralles and Teresa Llobera Minguet. They got married in 1846 in Catalonia. They had some children together, including Ramon Perez and Goncal Perez. These two are the ancestors of Leo's and Bojan's lines.
To put it shortly: Leo's great-great-grandfather and Bojan's great-great-grandfather were brothers.
The pair’s common Catalonian ancestry came to light and went viral with a graphic shared to Imgur in 2011. It all started in 1846 when Mariano Perez Miralles got hitched to Teresa Llobera Minguet. The rest, as they say, is history…
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