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Brazilian kid named after so many French players he can’t remember own name

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A young Brazilian boy was named after so many of the 2006 French World Cup squad that he can't remember many of his own names.

Zinedine Yazid Zidane Thierry Henry Barthez Eric Felipe Silva Santos, usually known simply as 'Zidane', is seven years old, and was given his many names after his father visited France and became inspired by the country's footballers.

So much so that when his son was born just after France beat Brazil in the 2006 World Cup, Petrucio Santos bestowed the many monikers on the boy.

“I was won over by the friendliness of French people,” Petrucio said.

“I decided to learn the language to be able to speak it without sounding ridiculous if I visit again!”

Not that the youngster sounds all that happy about it. Zidane told Brazilian newspaper O Globo that he memorised his first three names, but not the others.

“I don’t know [the rest of my names] yet. I never learned them,” he said.

And when asked whether he liked his name, he said: “No. I would have loved to be named Luiz Gustavo.”

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