They carry the same blood, but when it comes to football they defend different shirts and sing different national anthems. Twins Funes mori are the most recent case of brothers who play for different teams, with Rogelio defending the Mexican National Team after his naturalization and Ramiro in the Argentina team.
The list has more members than we might think and includes illustrious soccer surnames such as Pogba or the Mandanda, who have world champions with France among their ranks and their blood relatives in teams of much lower hierarchy.
Brothers who played in different teams
- Rogelio and Ramiro Funes Mori
As we already mentioned, Rogelio made his debut for Mexico against Nigeria and did so in scorer mode, while Ramiro played twice the Copa América with the Albiceleste.
- Paul, Florentin and Mathias Pogba
Everyone knows Paul Labile as the architect of the France team that won the 2018 World Cup, but he has two brothers who represent Guinea.
- Steve, Parfait and Riffi Mandanda
Here is another French world champion, goalkeeper Steve Mandanda, substitute for Hugo Lloris in the 2018 Cup, while his two brothers (also goalkeepers) have defended the Congo team.
- Thiago and Rafinha Alcántara
One in Spain and another in Brazil, to give you an idea of the quality that runs through the veins of the Alcántara. Thiago is the most famous, who with the Fury was in Russia 2018, while Rafinha was part of the Scratch that won gold at the Rio 2016 Games.
- Jérome and Kevin Prince Boateng
Perhaps the most famous on the list. The center-back chose to wear the colors of Germany and won the World Cup in 2014, while the talented and conflictive midfielder stayed with Ghana, also with World Cup participation.
- Christian and Massimiliano Vieri
Curious case because the historic striker was born in Bologna, Italy, while Max saw the light in Australia and each one was left with the shirt of the country where he was born. Needless to say, who had the best race.
We are going to Oceania with the Cahill family, who had their two children in Sydney. Tim chose Australia and is the historical goalscorer for the Socceroos, but Chris “threw the package” to play for Samoa, a team with no history in the sport.
Granit, the youngest and brightest, chose Switzerland, but the oldest, Taulan, stayed with his parents’ home country out of a feeling of belonging (and because Switzerland did not call him) to a country like Albania.
- Royston and Giovanni Drenthe
The one that was once a Real Madrid signing and that ended with noticeably overweight playing in the Spanish Fourth DivisionRoyston Drenthe was selected from the Netherlands, while his brother wore the colors of Suriname.