A List of The Most Famous Siblings in Sports

23rd February 2020
The most famous siblings in sports are those who have played tournaments together or who are very successful on their own.

Families composed of several athletes are more common than we imagine. However, in this article, we’ll talk about the most famous sets of siblings within the sports world. They’re internationally known for their achievements.

Who are the most famous siblings in sports?

The Williams, Márquez and Gasol siblings are just some examples of very famous siblings in the sports world. Learn more about them in the following paragraphs:

1. Venus and Serena Williams: the ultimate set of famous siblings

They’re incredibly famous around the whole world. Venus is one year older than her sister Serena; they were born in 1980 and 1981 respectively. Both sisters are clear proof that success is something we carry in our genes. Both tennis players have won the first place in the WTA ranking, but Venus was the first African-American to achieve it, in 2002.

Venus and Serena Williams are two famous siblings in the sports world

On the other hand, Serena has gained 27 Grand Slam titles so far, while her older sister holds 21 titles. And that’s not all, they’ve also been Olympic champions and won several of their titles in double matches, playing together!

2. Pau and Marc Gasol

Both basketball players started their careers in F.C. Barcelona. The Memphis Grizzlies later signed Pau, the older brother (he was born in 1980 while his brother was born in 1985) for the NBA.

This way, Pau was the second Spaniard to enter the most important basketball league in the world. On the other hand, the Los Angeles Lakers signed Marc in 2007; a year later, he ‘convinced’ his brother to come and play with them as well.

The Gasol brothers are, without a doubt, very important for the history of the Spanish basketball selection. In 2006, they were a part of the team that would win the World Cup in Japan, after defeating Greece. Pau was also considered to be the best player in the tournament, and he was a part of the ideal five.

The Gasol brothers holding hands after a basketball game
Image: nba.com

As if all of this wasn’t enough, the Gasol brothers were Olympic medalists on two occasions, and they won both of them together. We’re talking about the silver medals they won in Pekin 2008 and London 2012. Pau also has a bronze medal from Rio 2016, the games in which Marc didn’t participate. Nowadays, Pau plays for the Portland Trail Blazers and Marc plays for the Toronto Raptors.

3. Bob and Mike Bryan

They’re not only two of the most famous siblings in sports, but they’re also twins! These almost identical tennis players, born in 1978, specialize in doubles matches; they’ve won no less than 101 titles together. On top of that, they also won the first position in the ATP doubles ranking.

The Bryans -featured in the cover image of this article- have won four Wimbeldons, three Roland Garros, three Australian Opens and one US Open, among other awards. And that’s not all, they also won a gold medal in the London 2012 Olympic Games and a bronze medal in 2008.

4. Marc and Álex Márquez

They’re another example of very famous siblings in Spanish sports, more precisely in motorcycling. Marc is the older brother; he was born in 1993 while Alex was born in 1996. Marc has won eight World Championship titles in three different categories.

On the other hand, Alex races in the Moto2 class and has two World Championship titles. The Márquez brothers are the only siblings that have won a world championship during the same season, and the first ones to win a Grand Prix on the same day. On June 14, 2014, Marc won the Grand Prix of Catalonia and Alex won the Montmeló circuit.

Alex and Marc Márquez are very famous siblings in the motor racing world
Image: beIN Sports.

4. Michael and Ralf Schumacher

Even though the older brother is the most famous out of the two, the younger sibling doesn’t fall far behind. Michael, born in 1969, has won seven Formula One championships, between 1994 and 2001. He’s the driver with the highest number of titles in the top category of motor racing.

The Schumacher brothers wearing their racing outfits and smiling
Image: motorsport.com

Ralf, who was born in 1997, holds six victories and 27 podiums. His professional career began in 1997 and ended in 2007.

Here’s another interesting fact about the Schumacher brothers: both of their sons (Mick, who is Michael’s son, and David, who is Ralph’s son) are also Formula One drivers. And to prove that speed is something that runs in their family, the Schumacher’s half brother, Sebastian Stahl, is also a driver!

To finish off this list, we have a few more examples of famous siblings in sports: Frank and Ronald de Boer (soccer), Xabi and Mikel Alonso (soccer), Alistair and Jonathan Brownlee (triathlon) and Marat Safin and Dinara Safina (tennis).

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