World Cup super fans, spare a thought for the seven-year-old Brazilian boy who can't wait for the tournament to be over.
For he's named after virtually all of the FRENCH football team from 2006. Talk about fodder for the playground leg-pullers!
Zinedine Yazid Zidane Thierry Henry Barthez Eric Felipe Silva Santos – or 'Zidane', for short - was given his many names after his dad Petrucio visited France and became inspired by the country's footballers.So much so, in fact, that when his son was born just after France beat Brazil in the 2006 World Cup, he bestowed the many monikers on the boy.
Petrucio said: "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!"
Unfortunately, little Zidane isn't as enthusiastic.
He told Brazilian newspaper O Globo that he memorised his first three names, but not the others. He said: "I don't know the rest of my names yet. I never learned them."
And when asked whether he liked his name, he said: "No. I would have loved to be named Luiz Gustavo*."
Cheer up, son, it could be worse: your dad could have called you after the 2006 England team when we were knocked out by the Hand Of God in the quarter finals.
Hmmm, Shilton Sansom Fenwick Butcher Hoddle Reid Steve Hodge Lineker Beardsley has a certain ring about it, doncha think?
* Luiz Gustavo Dias is a Brazilian footballer who plays as a defensive midfielder for Bundesliga club VfL Wolfsburg and the Brazil national team.
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