We Must Have A Daughter, Otherwise We Won’t Stop Trying For Kids – Couple With 13 Sons (Photos)

A couple who have been trying for a baby girl for almost 20 years has vowed to continue having children until they succeed – despite the fact that they now have 13 sons….

Irineu Cruz and his wife Jucicleide Silva have a brood ranging from one month to 18-years-old – but the couple say they won’t stop trying until a girl arrives.

During the first pregnancy , they agreed Dad would name the boys and Mum, the girls. Now, footie-mad Irineu has since christened all 13 boys after famous footballers – all beginning with the letter R.The family, who live in Concei ao de Coit , Brazil, hoped their thirteenth child would be a game-changer but instead the midwife announced it was yet another boy.


Farmer Irineu, 40, 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.

Jucicleide with one month old Ronaldo who her husband has named after the famous former Brazilian footballer

“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).

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