Peruvian second division footballer has the unfortunate name of Osama VinLaden

Osama VinLaden

When you think of footballers born in 2002, there are a couple of players who immediately spring to mind.

One name is Ansu Fati, scorer for Barcelona in the Champions League on Tuesday, and another is Eduardo Camavinga, the Frenchman to score on his international debut at the age of 17. 

You might also think of Giovanni Reyna, Borussia Dortmund's dimuntive American. 

Seeing these players now making waves throughout Europe might make us feel considerably older, but the fact of the matter is, these are the names we'll be seeing at the top for the next decade and beyond.

Fati and Reyna are now regulars in the Champions League and although Camavinga is yet to play in Europe's elite competition, it is surely only a matter of time. 

The holding midfielder has been named on the shortlist to win TuttoSport's Golden Boy award for the best youngster on the continent and is now thought of highly by France head coach Didier Deschamps.

However, there is a new kid on the block, one who was also born in 2002. Unfortunately, it's for all the wrong reasons. 

Ansu Fati

That's because the footballing world has now realised there's a Peruvian player named Osama VinLaden Jimenez Lopez.

Yep, you read that right, the unfortunate teenager is named after the infamous terrorist killed by US Navy seals in Pakistan in 2011. 

To make matters worse, the V sound in the Spanish language is pronounced with a B, making his name identical to that of the Saudi Arabian. 

This is an incredible name, but the 18-year-old has been on the scene for a few years now. People first spotted him in 2017 when he was called into the Peru U15 team.

Osama Vin Laden

However, some light has now been shared by the player himself when he spoke to 'Que T'hi Jugues' radio show at Ser Catalunya.

"When Osama Bin Laden knocked down the Twin Towers, the name was in the news and I was born on October 7, 2002," he stated.

"There are no other people who call themselves that. I've been through this situation and it seems normal. My shirt says Osama. I thought about changing my name, but now I am calm."

But just when you thought this story couldn't get any crazier, wait until you hear VinLaden's brother's name. 

The Peruvian continued: "My brother's name is Saddam Hussein and my father wanted to name the third child George Bush, but it was a girl." 

Osama Bin Laden

We have to feel sorry for the Union Comercio midfielder here, but he's surprisingly okay about the situation, applying some interesting perspective: 

"I think there is a person called Hitler also in Peru. Jesus saved the world and there are Jesuses who do harm. Because there is an Osama who killed people, I don't think there has to be a law about the name. It draws a lot of attention, from what I see."

But why did his father name his children after such peculiar people? Well, Peruvian tradition may have something to do with it.

It's common in Peru for parents to name their children after famous people. Their culture places importance on names and think that by handing their offspring a famous name, it will help them achieve notoriety. 

In this case, VinLaden has certainly succeeded in that department. 

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