Meet footballer Osama Vinladen whose brother is called Saddam Hussein and sister was almost named George Bush

IF OSAMA VINLADEN ever makes it to the big time, you can only wonder what sort of chants the terraces will come up with.

But that is exactly where the Peruvian footballer is aiming – with a name that will raise more than a few eyebrows.

Plying his trade with Union Comercio in the South American nation's second tier, the youngster has hit the headlines amid a rather unusual naming streak.

The player has admitted that being named after Osama Bin Laden is not the only unusual thing about his family.

He told Spanish outlet Què T'hi Jugues: "I thought about changing my name but now I like it, it was fashionable in its day.

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

"There aren't any other people who call themselves this.

"It's strange, but it seems normal to me. I've become used to this situation and it is normal for me.

"My brother's name is Saddam Hussein and my father wanted to use George Bush for his third child, but it was a girl."

Unusual names are, as Vinladen explains, far from uncommon in Peru.

The small town of Andes drew attention in 2018 when a mayoral election pitched Hitler Alba against Lennin Vladimir Rodriguez Valverde.

And the footballer, 18, believes there is nothing wrong with being named after the architect of the 9/11 terror attacks.

Vinladen noted: "My shirt says Osama.

"I think my father liked it. 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."

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