20 percent of babies born in Bolivian city are named after Neymar

Brooks Peck
Dirty Tackle

Confederations Cup Golden Ball winner Neymar is only 21 years old, but he's already one of the few South American footballers capable of making people faint just by looking at him and with his impending arrival in Barcelona, that influence over the consciousness of fans could soon extend to other continents. In the fleeting moments when people are not knocked out cold by his existence, they are apparently busy naming their children after him in large numbers — a phenomenon that has already extended beyond his native Brazil and to the Bolivian city of La Paz.

From Sambafoot:

According to local paper La Razon, two out of every ten babies have been named after the Seleção star.

And they estimate that this trend will only increase with the majority of men in La Paz named after the Brazilian.

"We believe that in 17 years most adult males will be called Neymar because that is the current trend," civil registry office representative Remigio Condori stated. "It is the name in fashion right now."

Keep in mind that even Neymar himself didn't name his son Neymar (he opted for Davi Lucca).

Of course, if Brazil's leading scorer at the Confederations Cup repeats that feat at next year's World Cup while Neymar fails to keep living up to his impossibly high expectations, half of Japan could be named Fred in two decades.

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