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Brazilian names his son ‘Leandro Lampard’ after Chelsea star

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Frank Lampard has had many honours in his career: A record 203 goals for Chelsea, 96 caps for England and now he can add to his list a Brazilian baby being named after him.

You would think that a Brazilian would have plenty of football stars from his own country to name his child after but one Samba footie fan decided to name his son "Leandro Lampard Martins Guedes" after the Chelsea and England midfielder.

The father in question spoke to the FA's TV channel in Brazil where England are playing a friendly as he waited to see if he could introduce his son to his namesake.

"We are very, very excited. It is one of our dreams to have the English team here. We are not sure whether Lampard is coming but it is still amazing that the team is here," he said.

Mr Martins Guedes said he decided to call his son Lampard as he is a huge Blues fan and his son was born on the day Chelsea knocked Barcelona out of the Champions League on their way to winning the title last season.

Luckily for him his wife agreed: "My first love is actually Chelsea, not just Lampard. I am a massive Chelsea fan, I don't support any team here in Brazil. I actually have a backyard that is called 'Stamford Bridge' and so we love Lampard as a Chelsea player," he explained.

"I wanted to leave that memory (of Chelsea beating Barcelona) forever. I spoke to my wife to see if she was happy to call the baby Lampard, and she was and so it's therefore history!"

It is not the first time football has seen parents get carried away with the naming of their kids.

During the 2010 World Cup in South Africa one baby girl was named 'FIFA' (all in capitals) after the sport's governing body, while another was called 'Ke Nako', a World Cup slogan that means 'it is time'. Another couple in Bloemfontein had twin boys during the opening match between South Africa and Mexico and decided to name their kids after the two teams playing.

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