A Brazilian couple, Irineu Cruz and wife Jucicleide Silva have been trying for a baby girl for almost 20 years but they’ve only managed to add more boys to the family.
The couple have a brood ranging from one month to 18-years-old – but the couple say they won’t stop trying until a girl arrives.
According to The Sun, during Jucicleide Silva’s first pregnancy, the couple agreed that the dad would name the boys and Mum, the girls. But the couple has since christened all 13 boys after famous footballers, all beginning with the letter R.
The family, who live in Conceição do Coité, Brazil, hoped their thirteenth child would be a game-changer but instead the midwife announced it was yet another boy.
Irineu, who is a 40-year-old farmer said: “When Jucicleide first got pregnant we agreed she could choose the girls’ names and I would choose the names if they were boys.
“I’ve always admired players like Rivaldo, Roberto Carlos, Ronaldinho and Robinho. All the best footballers seemed to have a name beginning with R, so as more and more boys came along, I decided to celebrate South American football by naming my sons after the players I liked.”
The family’s newest addition has been christened Ronaldo after the former Brazil star.
Little Ronaldo joins brothers Robson (18), Reinan (17), Rauan (15), Rubens (14), Rivaldo (13), Ruan (12), Ramon (10), Rincon (9), Riquelme (7), Ramires (5), Railson (3) and Rafael (2).
Full-time mum Jucicleide said: “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. The good thing is that all my boys are well behaved.”
With her large brood of boys, Jucicleide still dreams of naming a little girl one day.
She added: “It would be wonderful to be able to choose her name and to finally hold up the red card to my husband.”