You’ve just had a son. You need a name. You’ve got two options.
Do you rack your brains and try hard to find something that both you and your partner agree on? Or do you just name them after your favourite footballer?
Judging by the Under-20 World Cup, currently underway in South Korea, plenty of people went for the latter option in the late ’90s.
No fewer than five players, from three different countries, are named after Ronaldo Luis Nazario de Lima.
So let’s look at how far Ronaldo’s name has travelled.
First up is Venezuela, around 1,740 miles from Brazil.
Ronaldo Pena, Ronaldo Chacon and Ronaldo Lucena, all born in either 1997 or 1998, carry the great man’s name.
They are part of the best generation of Venezuelan players to come out of the country, so will be hoping to inspire some more names down the line.
Then we’ve got Mexico, 4,301 miles away.
Ronaldo Cisneros, who currently plays for Mexican side Santos Laguna, is doing his best to follow in the footsteps of R9.
He was born in 1997, when Ronaldo was tearing up La Liga with Barcelona and relatively free of the injuries that blighted his later career.
Finally, and most impressively, is Ronaldo Wilkins who, we presume, was named after Ronny and Ray Wilkins.
Wilkins was born on the tiny Pacific island of Vanuatu, 9,078 miles from Brazil.
He was born in 1999, a year after the 1998 World Cup, so his parents obviously decided Ronaldo Wilkins sounded better than Zinedine Zidane Wilkins.
Over in France, where the England Under-20s are playing in the Toulon Tournament, we’ve got our own Ronaldo tribute.
Leeds midfielder Ronaldo Vieira is impressing in France, while his twin brother is named after Romario.
Just wait until we win the 2018 World Cup and a whole generation of Vardys are born.
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