Diego Simeone’s sons are all professional footballers, with the eldest Giovanni proving to be a deadly striker in Italy

The sons of ARGENTINA legend Diego Simeone go their own way in the game.

Incredibly, Giovanni, 26, Gianluca, 23, and Giuliano, 19, have all become professional footballers – after their father paved the way.

Argentine legend Diego Simeone poses with his children Giovanni (left) and Gianluca (right).

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Argentine legend Diego Simeone poses with his children Giovanni (left) and Gianluca (right).Photo credit: AFP-Getty

The now 52-year-old coach of Atletico Madrid can look back on an eventful career – as a player he played for Inter Milan and Lazio Roma, among others.

‘Cholo’ won LaLiga as a player for Atletico as well as a Serie A title with Lazio in 2000.

While capturing 108 caps for his country and winning the Copa America twice.

And it seems the apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree when it comes to his boys.

One is a leading striker in Italian football, another has found goalscoring skills in the Spanish second division, while the youngest made his debut from his famous father last season.

Giovanni, Cagliari

The eldest son couldn’t be further from the snarling, badass midfielder that was his father.

One of Serie A’s most feared forwards, Giovanni plays for Hellas Verona on loan from Cagliari.

Last season he scored 17 goals in all competitions for the club, helping I Gialloblu finish ninth.

That has drawn the attention of Premier League clubs, including Arsenal, to his services.

But his career started slowly – Genoa and Fiorentina saw only glimpses of his potential before he exploded on the scene in his final season.

And it wasn’t until a virtuoso display against Lazio – scoring all four goals for Hellas Verona – that he earned praise from his hard-to-please old man.

“He wrote to me that I played the best game of my career,” Giovanni told Gazzetta dello Sport.

“He said, ‘I’ve never seen you like that. You didn’t lose balls beyond goals and you always helped your team-mates.'”

Internationally, Giovanni has been recognized by Argentina – and has played five internationals.

In 2018 he scored his first goal for the South Americans in a friendly against Guatemala.

Giovanni Simeone made his mark in Serie A

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Giovanni Simeone made his mark in Serie ACredit: EPA
Papa Diego Simeone praised his son for his four-goal salvo against old club Lazio

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Papa Diego Simeone praised his son for his four-goal salvo against old club LazioPhoto credit: Instagram / @simeonegiovanni
Giovanni Simeone followed in his father's footsteps and played for his country

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Giovanni Simeone followed in his father’s footsteps and played for his countryCredit: USA TODAY Sports

Gianluca, UD Ibiza

Gianluca takes a different path, again as a centre-forward.

First he hopped around South America – first at River Plate before he gained his first team experience at the Chilean Primera Division club Union La Calera.

River Plate made him join Gimnasia y Esgrima on a free transfer – and he made his debut against Atlético Tucumán in 2019.

However, Gianluca failed to break into their team and failed to demonstrate his goalscoring abilities without a string of games.

That changed when UD Ibiza decided to loan him out, where he first played for their reserve Sant Rafel.

He scored his first goal in his second game for the club, hitting the net 13 times in 25 games.

Diego Simeone with his three footballing sons

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Diego Simeone with his three footballing sonsPhoto credit: AFP
Gianluca Simeone is making a name for himself with UD Ibiza in the second division of Spain

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Gianluca Simeone is making a name for himself with UD Ibiza in the second division of SpainPhoto credit: Instagram@giansimeone

It was enough to convince UD Ibiza that Gianluca deserved a chance at their first team and they soon signed him on a full-time deal.

So far he lives up to their decision – last season he scored seven goals in 14 games.

Giuliano, Atlético Madrid

The youngest of the trio, Giuliano, may have it harder than his siblings.

The poacher plays under his father’s watchful eye at Atlético, where he played as a youth.

Born in Rome, he moved back to Argentina at the age of four to live with his mother.

Like Gianluca, his football career started at River Plate.

But in 2019 he controversially linked with Diego when FIFA approved a move to Spain after it was revealed he was out of contract with the Argentine giants.

He has since found success in the youth categories, scoring 23 goals in just 34 games for Atletico Madrid’s B team last season.

Giuliano Simeone made his La Liga debut for Atletico Madrid in April

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Giuliano Simeone made his La Liga debut for Atletico Madrid in AprilPhoto credit: Getty
Simeone siblings Giuliano and Gianluca Simeone spotted with late grandpa Carlos and papa Diego

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Simeone siblings Giuliano and Gianluca Simeone spotted with late grandpa Carlos and papa DiegoPhoto credit: Instagram / @simeone

Manager Nacho Fernandez outlined his traits, some of which were clearly inherited from his father.

“(He is) a young player but already a footballer who shows everything you want on the field,” said Fernandez.

“He doesn’t give up lost goals, he fights for everything, he creates, completes and leaves everything on the pitch. He is a player with enormous potential.”

Back in April he made his debut as a substitute in the 91st minute in a 0-0 draw against Granada – with many pundits arguing he would have had more first-team opportunities had it not been for his father Diego Simeone.

To keep it in the family, his agent is his aunt Natalia.

It’s clear that the Simeone clan want to dominate the football landscape for years to come.

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