The Rundown

24 pictures that prove footballers are becoming slightly obsessed with showing off their kids

The Rundown

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For some reason this season has seen a growing trend for footballers - particularly in the Premier League - to parade their young children before the fans.

It has been done for years, of course, but certainly not to the same extent that we've seen of late. It's clearly the most fashionable thing in the world for superstars to introduce supporters to their offspring - the potential next generation of over-paid superstars meeting the fans who will fund their luxurious lifestyle for many years to come.

Cute? Very much so. Necessary? Not so much. But we hope you enjoy meeting some of the youngsters regardless!

Our favourite is definitely Lionel Messi's son, Thiago, whose reaction to spotting his dad was simply priceless...

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Lionel Messi's son Thiago - Barcelona

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Lionel Messi's son Thiago - Barcelona

Little Thiago spots that his superstar father is slightly out of position out on the left flank and implores him to drift into a more central role. A future world-class coach in waiting. Messi can be extremely proud of the way that his young son has taken to his burgeoning tactical awareness and instinctive vision for the 'bigger picture'.

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Messi, his wife and his son - Barcelona

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Messi, his wife and his son - Barcelona

Messi and his wife Antonella Roccuzzo hold their little son Thiago in front of the Barcelona adoring supporters. Having finally caught his father's attention, Thiago proceeds to give him a pep talk and tactical dressing down before retreating to his mother's arms. With the message put across perfectly, he can now rest. Good job, young man!

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Bacary Sagna - Arsenal

Now, if there is one thing you'd be surprised to learn that Arsene Wenger is actually a pro at, it's high-fives. As it happens, the Arsenal boss is absolutely masterful at the one-handed gesture, as he demonstrated here with Sagna's child, who we're pretty sure isn't called 'Daddy'.

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Tim Krul - Newcastle

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Tim Krul - Newcastle

Krul's best save of the season! But on a side note, isn't it sad to see a young child wearing a shirt advertising money-sharks 'Wonga'?

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Laurent Koscielny - Arsenal

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Laurent Koscielny - Arsenal

Little Noah is helpfully indicating to his father which way the goal was. Ah well, too late for that!

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Roberto Martinez - Everton

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Roberto Martinez - Everton

Ah, Martinez's child is asleep in his arms, wearing the best coat seen on a Premier League touchline all season.

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Jack Wilshere - Arsenal

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Wilshere's son looks rather bashful as he's pointed at with the message of 'number one fan!' by Lukas Podolski. But it's not enough to cover up his embarassment at realising that he's apparently been given the same name as Bacary Sagna's little boy. What are the chances?

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John Terry - Chelsea

Terry's kids look like they are itching to play in the famous Chelsea blue as they stride around with their dad. Frankie and Georgie certainly look as though they could well be quicker than their old man.

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Peter Odemwingie - Stoke City

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When he's not driving around outside other club's front offices, the perma-unsettled forward is parading his child, who is pulling off the red and white strips quite superbly.

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Ramires - Chelsea

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Ramires - Chelsea

They say that Ramires lost a bit of sharpness in the latter part of the season and here's all the evidence you need to prove it: even his toddler son has the pace to step in front of his old man and steal the ball.

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Mikel Arteta and Bacary Sagna - Arsenal

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Mikel Arteta and Bacary Sagna - Arsenal

Yes, it's the kids of Arteta and Sagna having a kick about on the Emirates turf. By the looks of it, Sagna's son has the midas touch and leaves Arteta Jr in his wake with a wonderful turn of pace.

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Luis Suarez - Liverpool

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Luis Suarez - Liverpool

Suarez manages to perfectly demonstrate the classic hold-one-kid-with-one-hand-while-desperately-clutching-a-baby-in-the-other while kicking a football ahead of him. He does a mighty fine job of it.

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Eden Hazard - Chelsea

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Now, surely this is controversial: Hazard's two kids are sporting Nike gear when he's sporting Chelsea's Adidas wear.

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Frank Lampard - Chelsea

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Lampard's kids are kindly carrying some of his collection of boots. Quite why he's taken so many pairs out with him for the parade is anyone's guess.

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Wilshere again - Arsenal

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The home and away kits - nice! Wilshere goes for the suit and waistcoat combo as his kids model the Arsenal home and away strips ahead of the summer. A perfect club advertisement, all round.

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Neymar and Messi - Barcelona

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Neymar and his son Davi Lucca pose magnificently with Messi and his son Thiago for the photo that everyone (well, okay, some people at least) really wanted.

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Terry again - Chelsea

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Terry again - Chelsea

Now, it sounds cynical but is this just a way for Chelsea to show off their new merchandise? The kids are doing a very fine job of modelling it around Stamford Bridge.

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Lampard again - Chelsea

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Lampard's two daughters watch on proudly as their dad soaks up the applause of the Chelsea faithful. Touching.

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Fernando Torres - Chelsea

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Is this a farewell for Nando? It's been another fairly miserable season for the Spanish striker and it could well end up being his last in a Chelsea shirt. His kids could be walking around another stadium this time next year.

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Gary Cahill - Chelsea

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Cahill has been a rock at the back all season for Chelsea and he shows no signs of letting his grip fail him now as he clutches his young child. Trustworthy and dependable: he's an England centre-half we can be proud of.

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Oscar Cardozo - Benfica

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Benfica's Paraguayan forward Cardozo and his son celebrate the club's 33rd Portuguese league title in style. And yes, that is a bib he's wearing!

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Charlie Adam - Stoke City

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We can't work out if this one is cruel or touching - either way, the surely days old baby does not know much about it.

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Steven Naismith - Everton

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Naismith's child is proudly wearing his number - the famous number 14. What a moment.

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Andy Carroll - West Ham

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This calling-your-kids-Daddy thing is getting ridiculous now, as the Hammers striker has apparently given the name to both of his children. (Admittedly, these jokes about 'Daddy' shirts are even more ridiculous. We'd best leave it there.)

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