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‘Zlatan Ibrahimovic’ born to ‘Franz Beckenbauer’

Sweden and AC Milan star Zlatan Ibrahimovic has served as the inspiration for the name of the newborn son of a Brazilian man whose own father named him after German footballing legend Franz Beckenbauer.

'Zlatan Ibrahimovic' born to 'Franz Beckenbauer'

“I hope that in the future he will score a lot of goals playing for Santa Cruz,” proud father Beckenbauer said of his newborn son to Brazil’s SporTV News, referring to the Recife-based football club Santa Cruz.

Beckenbauer’s son, officially named Zlatan Ibrahimovic Lima da Silva, was born in Recife three days before Santa Cruz won the 2012 championship for Pernambuco State.

It remains unclear why the passionate Santa Cruz fan named his son after the 30-year-old Swedish striker, despite initial concerns by administrative personnel when Beckenbauer went to register his son’s birth.

“The woman said she had to send it to the judge for approval. I objected… If my name was Beckenbauer, why could his not be Ibrahimovic?” he told SporTV News.

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

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.

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 its child Dayvid Shevchenko Ximenes da Silva to simultaneously pay homage to former England star David Beckham and Ukrainian striker Andriy Shevchenko, both of whom have also played for AC Milan, Ibrahimovic’s current club.

The “real” Franz Beckenbauer was a star defender for the West German national team and for Bayern Munich in the 1960s and 1970s.

He was twice selected the European Footballer of the Year, leading Germany to World Cup victory in 1974 as a player, and in 1990 as coach.

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IBRAHIMOVIC

Zlatan has been ‘cured’ of coronavirus: AC Milan

AC Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been given the all-clear to end his quarantine period and return to action after testing negative for coronavirus, the Serie A club announced on Friday.

Zlatan has been 'cured' of coronavirus: AC Milan
Zlatan Ibrahimovic celebrates after scoring a goal in September. Photo: Miguel Medina/AFP
Milan confirmed in a statement that the Swedish striker had “tested negative” twice in a row, as stipulated in the protocol to be able to lift the quarantine procedure.
   
Ibrahimovic, 39, sounded a more triumphal note on his social media: “You are cured! The health authority says the quarantine is over, you can go out!”, he wrote on Twitter.

The announcement comes a day after Milan said Ibrahimovic had tested positive a second time for Covid-19, putting in doubt his participation in the Milan derby on October 17.
 
   
Ibrahimovic first tested positive on September 24.
   
The derby remains in doubt with two other Milan players and five from Inter currently in self-quarantine.
   
In spite of his absence, Milan have made a decent start to the season, having climbed to second in Serie A after winning all three of their games and reaching the group stages of the Europa League.
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