Chelsea's Lampard honoured to have young Brazilian named after him
Four members of the England squad, manager Roy Hodgson and his backroom staff all visited a Sport Relief funded project in a poor part of Rio de Janeiro yesterday ahead of tomorrow's game against Brazil.
They received an unexpected surprise from a local man who had brought his young son to watch the players enjoy a kickabout with the participants in the project.
It transpired that the man had named his son after a person he regards as one of the greats of the game - not Pele, nor Zico, but Lampard.
The midfielder was not part of the visit so he did not have a chance to meet young Leandro Lampard, but he was humbled to hear the story.
"I wasn't there unfortunately, but I did hear about it," Lampard said. "I would like to meet the father and the kid because it's an honour.
"It would be an honour if someone from London did that, but for someone from Brazil to do it... what can you say to that?"