Brazilian boy can’t say his name – it’s too long


Every World Cup is the same – Brazilian football fans pay homage to their favourite players by naming their children after their idols.

But a seven-year-old boy in the northeastern state of Alagoas must have broken a record.

His father, a fan of the French national team, named his son after not just one, but four French football players and the current Brazil manager.

Zinedine Yazid Zidane Thierry Henry Barthez Eric Felipe Silva Santos is named after famous French players Zinedine Zidane, Thierry Henry, Fabien Barthez and Eric Cantona and the Brazilian football team manager, Luiz Felipe Scolari.

Silva Santos is the family name.

The name takes a whole line of his birth certificate, but the boy confesses that he only knows the first three names and is still learning the rest.

Another couple have named their two-month-old baby boy Gabriel Messi, after the Barcelona and Argentina football star, Lionel Messi.

But the most popular name for baby boys in the 2014 World Cup is surprisingly not Neymar but the Brazilian central defender David Luis.

Claudio Teixeira, from the registration office in Monte Claro, Minas Gerais state, says he remembers many Roberto Rivelinos (Brazilian player) after the 1970 World Cup and even some Diego Maradonas (argentinian player) and Arthurs, after Brazilian player Zico.

But he admitted he has never seen so many children named after one player – David Luiz.

Another couple, who have big hopes that their newly born boy will be a football star, named their son Bernard after the young winger from the Brazilian National team.

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