International players who are named after a famous footballer

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International players who are named after a famous footballer

Fast Midfielder
Joined: 26 Dec 2008, 16:44

13 Nov 2017, 13:05 #1

It happens children are named after a footballer by their parents. Neeskens Kebano  is one of them. His father was a great admirer of former Dutch football star Johan Neeskens. Later his son became an international player for Congo-Kinshasa. Are there more international players named after a renomated footballer?
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nfm24
Joined: 07 Apr 2007, 16:28

13 Nov 2017, 15:07 #2

Gavril Pele Balint (Romania)
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nfm24
Joined: 07 Apr 2007, 16:28

13 Nov 2017, 15:08 #3

I assume we don't count nicknames e.g. Müller (Brazil) or Maniche (Portugal) ?
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Fast Midfielder
Joined: 26 Dec 2008, 16:44

13 Nov 2017, 17:06 #4

you are right, no nicknames. Only names given by birth.
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Luca
Joined: 09 Feb 2011, 19:58

13 Nov 2017, 17:33 #5

Paulo Roberto Falcão (Brazil) "gives" his name to the Colombian forward Falcao.
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nfm24
Joined: 07 Apr 2007, 16:28

14 Nov 2017, 01:06 #6

Ryan Zico Black
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Luca
Joined: 09 Feb 2011, 19:58

16 Nov 2017, 10:20 #7

Brazilian stars inspire so many parents: Romario Benzar is a Romanian international and Jairzinho Serrano played for Panama. While Valdano Paul of Haiti was surely named after the Argentinian world champion Jorge Valdano.

I am sure nobody in Italy in the next years will name his children after "Gabbiadini" or "Parolo"...😖
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Luca
Joined: 09 Feb 2011, 19:58

17 Nov 2017, 10:39 #8

Wow, this is a true legend   Image   Rivelino de Leça of the Netherlands Antilles.


While the former Italian international Eusebio Di Francesco was named after the Portuguese star Eusébio
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nfm24
Joined: 07 Apr 2007, 16:28

17 Nov 2017, 12:11 #9

Oscar Boniek Garcia (Honduras)

Rivaldo Coetzee (South Africa)

Apparently Dennis Bergkamp was named after Denis Law.
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