But Florentin will have no fears about fouling his superstar sibling when they meet in a competitive game for the first time in their professional careers when Manchester United face St Etienne at Old Trafford in the Europa League round of 32 on Thursday.
They were speaking on the phone as the draw was about to be made at UEFA headquarters in December – and predicted they would be paired with each other.
“We had a laugh and said ‘The day has come: we’re going to face each other in a big stadium, rather than on our neighbourhood mini-pitch’,” he said.
“When we play together on holiday, we’re always on the same team. Now I will be playing against him and I’ll be marking him. It will be weird but that’s football.
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“It’s something for the whole family to enjoy because I don’t know if it will happen again. My parents will have mixed feelings because whatever happens there will be one winner and one loser.
“However, there are two winners really because this game will be an unforgettable occasion. Who will my twin brother Mathias support? He will support his brothers.”
Defender Florentin says that while Paul – three years his junior at 23 – can handle the pressure of being the world’s most expensive footballer, he cannot cope so well with being beaten.
He said: “In terms of being the world’s most expensive player, I think he has put that to one side because it’s more an issue for the media.
Florentin is three years older than Paul
“He is not letting it bother him. He’s just playing his football, even though everything he does gets three or four times more attention, good or bad.
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“He can handle all of that because of the mental strength he has had since his youth.
“He is quite irritable though, he doesn’t like to lose. His head starts buzzing when he loses. I learned to lose and I would say to him that you’re not losing but learning. But for him, when he loses, he goes mad.
“We’re both determined players. If he is on a run and I have to tackle him, I’ll tackle him. I won’t knock him out but if I have to foul him I will do it.
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“These two games will be emotional and I hope we’ll take something positive from them. Even if United are a great club, anything is possible in football. The fact they’re better than us on paper doesn’t matter.”
Florentin, whose twin brother Mathias plays for Sparta Rotterdam, says Old Trafford will be a far cry from the artificial pitch where the three of them used to play as kids in the Parisian suburb of Roissy-en-Brie.
“We’d always meet up with friends after school and play on our local artificial pitch until we were 15 or 16.,” he said, speaking to UEFA.com. “That’s where we took our first steps in football. Paul enjoyed going in goal as a bit of joke.
“Otherwise, we always played outfield and we all liked scoring goals, copying the stars we watched on television. It was great.
“We were separated in 2007 when my twin brother and I left for Spain to join Celta Vigo and Paul went to Le Havre. To reach the level we’re at today, I think we had to do that.
“Now all three of us are professionals, so we have no regrets about that move. We only moved apart in terms of distance. Even if we don’t call each other, we message each other every day.
“I’ve known how good he is since he was very young but for him to be in the first team at such a big club is amazing. We’re so proud of him. He can win all the trophies in the world but he’s still my little brother.”