In the world of football, sometimes having a famous surname is a tremendous pressure. When a player reaches the highest level, he will be remembered by everyone. But for other family members who want to follow the digital shorts career, it will be a real challenge.
When a famous star’s brother or son comes to professional football, it’s normal for comparisons to occur, although they’re not always as fair as they should be. And very few people can overcome the shadow of their father or brother.
The examples with Maradona, Cruyff or Zidane are the most obvious examples. It’s a matter of players who are already legendary, but their brother or son has never reached the level of excellence they have. And that’s normal, because being the younger brother or son of a football legend doesn’t automatically mean a natural talent.
That’s exactly what happened to Jonathan Varane. He is aware of his brother’s great career in world football. But he was not afraid to walk on the road that promised to be extremely stressful.
Jonathan followed in his brother’s footsteps as a child. Like Raphael, he trained in the youth of Lens Club and quickly showed great potential. Both have always played in the upper division, showing incredible physicality and technique. But there was a difference at a crucial moment.
Raphael made his first-team debut for Lens at the age of 17 and only needed to play a few games for Zinedine Zidane, Florentino Pérez’s advisor at the time, to notice him and offer the Real Madrid president a contract. A few months later, Rapahel put on a white shirt.
Raphael’s younger brother, a midfielder, almost followed in all of his brother’s footsteps. But when he got to the first team, his chance did not come. After half a season of being tested on fire, he only appeared on the field for exactly… 2 minutes. After that, Jonathan decided to join Rodez on loan in the winter market 2021/22. But he also didn’t get as many opportunities as he expected.
By last summer, Sporting de Gijón showed up and made an offer. But they are also very frank with him: Jonathan will play for Sporting B, currently playing in the 5th division of Spanish football. The player born in 2001 accepted the challenge and just a few months later, he proved his worth.
After half a season establishing himself as one of the standout performances for the B team, coach Abelardo gave Jonathan the chance to make his first-team debut and he performed well. But now it’s different, with new coach Miguel Ángel Ramírez, Jonathan has become an official player of the first team. He started in the last 3 matches against Burgos, Las Palmas and Granada, helping the team to win 2 draws and 1 win. Jonathan contributed an assist in this streak.
A strong player, intelligent crosser and excellent touch, Jonathan has been a key factor in Sporting’s progress. His physical superiority allowed him to dominate the midfield. Another Varane is gradually asserting its name in the football village.
The Varane family has another player
In addition to Raphael and Jonathan, the Varane family also has an older brother, Anthony, who is also a football player. This person was once considered to have greater potential than the two brothers. However, Anthony had to retire early due to injury.