'Zlatan Ibrahimovic' is son of 'Franz Beckenbauer' | inside World Soccer

A Brazilian man with the name of Franz Beckenbauer has named his newborn son with the name of Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

This is the birth certificate of the newborn 'Zlatan Ibrahimovic'
This is the birth certificate of the newborn 'Zlatan Ibrahimovic'

Photo: SporTV

Zlatan Ibrahimovic Lima da Silva was born in Recife, three days before Santa Cruz won the 2012 championship for Pernambuco State.

Beckenbauer, whose own father named him after the German legend, claims he experienced some problems at the registry office, with the administrative personnel not sure if they'd heard the name correctly.

But Beckenbauer didn't stop at naming his son after who many consider to be Sweden's marquee player in hopes he would become a future Santa Cruz star.

He told SporTV News: "The woman said she had to send to the judge to approve. I objected... If my name was Beckenbauer, why it could not be Ibrahimovic?"

The proud father also promised to bury the young Zlatan's umbilical cord beneath the Santa Cruz's stadium to celebrate the team's recent title.

It remains unclear why the passionate Santa Cruz fan named his son after the 30-year-old AC Milan striker.

According to SporTV News, Beckenbauer isn't alone among Santa Cruz supporters who have chosen to name their children after European footballing greats.

Another family named their child Dayvid Shevchenko Ximenes da Silva in honor of David Beckham and Andriy Shevchenko, both of whom have also played for Milan.

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