Being named after one of your parent’s heroes is hardly a new phenomenon.
World Cup hero James Rodriguez was famously named after fictional secret agent “James Bond,” while soccer legend Edson Arantes do Nascimento (Pele) was named after American inventor Thomas Edison. So, it’s a normal practice, we’re sure you will agree.
However, being named after five — yes, FIVE — separate legends?That seems a bit much.
It is, however, every day life for seven-year-old Brazilian youngster Zidane. Or, to give him his full name: Zinedine Yazid Zidane Thierry Henry Barthez Eric Felipe Silva Santos.
The boy’s father, Petrucio Santos, is to blame for the 10-word-strong name. With Zidane born so soon after France’s victory over Brazil at the 2006 World Cup, Petrucio showed his appreciation and love of the country the way he felt best.
Petrucio, a shopkeeper from Maceio, told G1:
"I was won over by the friendliness of French people. I decided to learn the language to be able to speak it without sounding ridiculous if I visit again!"
Spare a thought for little Zidane though, who doesn’t even know most of his own name. "I don’t know [the rest of my names] yet. I never learned them," said the confused young boy.
As well as Zidane, Henry and Barthez, Petrucio included tributes to Eric Cantona and Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari — Silva Santos being the family name.
When asked which player he’d prefer to be named after, it wasn’t Neymar, David Luiz or Thiago Silva on the young lad’s lips.
"I would have loved to be named Luiz Gustavo," little Zinedine Yazid Zidane Thierr … ahh, we give up.
(HT: G1 Globo)