Bend it like dad: Meet the next generation of global sports royalty

Beckham with his three sons in 2012.
Beckham with his three sons in 2012.
Image: Reuters/Danny Moloshok
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If you’re of a certain age, this could make you feel quite dated, but a fair number of sporting heroes are so old that their children are already emerging as stars of their own. Here are a few notable ones:

Brooklyn Beckham, soccer

The oldest son of soccer star David Beckham has been swiftly trying to follow in his father’s footsteps. The younger Beckham, who plays on the right of midfield, was a part of Arsenal’s youth academy in North London, but the 15-year-old is being released at the end of the season after failing to make the grade.

He is sure to find another home, and just from a marketing viewpoint, Arsenal may one day regret its decision.

Romeo Beckham, tennis

But Brookyln’s younger brother seems to have a great future ahead of him in tennis, despite also following in his brother’s footsteps by being enrolled in the Arsenal academy. Romeo’s tennis coach says the 12-year-old has incredible talent. “I’m not sure his parents realize how good he is,” he said.

Mick Schumacher, motor racing

The 16-year-old son of the seven-time Formula 1 world champion, Michael Schumacher, recently started his career in the fast and dangerous world of motor racing after being called up to be a driver in Formula 4.

Javier Ballesteros, golf

The eldest son of Seve Ballesteros turned pro last year at the age of 23. His father, who died in 2011, won five majors in a glittering career.

Chris Eubank Jr., boxing

Chris Eubank is a British boxer famed for his eccentric demeanour, his dandyish outfits, and some incredible fights that defined an era in the country’s boxing history.

His son is a 25-year-old raw talent who has only lost once in 19 fights.

Nicolas Prost and Bruno Senna, motor racing

Nicolas, the son of four-time Formula 1 world champion Alain, and Bruno, the nephew of Brazilian racing legend and three-time Formula 1 champion Ayrton, are both racers in the all-electric racing series being held around the world for the first time this year.