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2 sons of a World Cup winner play simultaneously in the Champions League

A substitution in the Barcelona-Atletico Madrid game created history tonight.

Bayern's Thiago Alcantara, right, competes for the ball with Benfica's Renato Sanches.
Bayern's Thiago Alcantara, right, competes for the ball with Benfica's Renato Sanches.
Image: Kerstin Joensson

AFTER 63 MINUTES of tonight’s Barcelona-Atletico Madrid game at the Nou Camp, Rafinha replaced Ivan Rakitić for the hosts.

The change created a bit of history, as while Rafinha was competing for Barca, his older brother Thiago Alcântara was in action for Bayern Munich in their Champions League quarter-final with Benfica.

Both brothers ultimately emerged victorious in the respective games, which will have made father Mazinho proud. If that name sounds familiar, it’s because Mazinho, like his sons, was also a talented midfielder in his day.

The former footballer had an immensely successful career, playing for a number of sides including Vasco da Gama, Fiorentina, Valencia and Celta Vigo, while also earning 35 caps for Brazil and helping them to win the Copa America in 1989 and the World Cup in 1994.

And as if those three aren’t talented enough alone, Mazinho is also the uncle of former Real Madrid and current Valencia player Rodrigo Moreno Machado.

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