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Bayern Leverkusen attacker Leon Bailey has left eyebrows raised after he decided to name his son Leo Cristiano. In June, Bailey’s girlfriend, Stephanie Hope, gave birth to their son, Leo Cristiano Bailey.
This, many, would think is a blend of Leo Messi and Cristiano Ronaldos’ first names.
However, the new father has been quick to stress the name choice had nothing to do with superstar duo Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
“It has nothing to do with football, but with me and my name,” he said.
“Leo is an abbreviation of Leon. And Leo is the lion – I am a lion. I believe that my son also grows up with the mentality of being a fighter and a leader. And Cristiano is a lovely name that goes well with Leo.Being a father changed me in many ways as a person, but not the way I play football. However, my son motivates me to work even harder.”
Leverkusen have won eight of their last nine matches in all competitions, with Bailey himself scoring five times already this season.