Irineu Cruz, a 40-year-old farmer, and Jucicleide Silva are a happy couple in Brazil.
They have been trying for a daughter for almost 20 years but have only had sons. Their sons are now 13 in number and range from a one month to an 18-year-old.
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They’ve been married for 20 years now, and when they were expecting their first born, they agreed that the husband would name all their boy children, and the wife would name all the girl children, which means even after giving birth 13 times, Jucicleide has not named a single child because they haven’t had any girls yet.
So far, only Irineu has been enjoying from that decision as all their children are male. Irineu decied to name their sons after famous footballers whose names start with the letter R. He said: “I’ve always admired players like Rivaldo and Ronaldinho, all the best footballers seemed to have a name beginning with R, so I decided to name my sons after them.”
The names of their sons are as follows: Robson (18), Reinan (17), Rauan (15), Rubens (14), Rivaldo (13), Ruan (12), Ramon (10), Rincon (9), Riquelme (7), Ramires (5), Railson (3), Rafael (2) and Ronaldo, (1 month old). Jucicleide has not given up hope and will keep trying for a daughter.
Irineu often takes his boys to the community field to play soccer against the community team, he does after all have his own little league. “They are all good footballers particularly Robson and Rauan who are our star strikers. The exception is Reinan who prefers chasing girls,” he said.
Even though she’s a fulltime, stay-at-home mom and wife, while her farmer husband works every day, Jucicleide insists her family never goes hungry. “Every lunch time I cook a kilo of rice, a kilo of beans and an extra-large packet of macaroni. Of course, there are times when things are tough, but nobody ever goes hungry. If we have one loaf of bread, it’s divided and shared between everybody,” she said.
She also commended her boys for being well-behaved kids but can’t help but think about the daughter she so dreams of having one day.