Irineu Cruz and wife Jucicleide Silva have been trying for a little girl for almost 20 years and they’ve only managed to add more boys to the family.

The couple has a brood ranging from one month to 18-years-old – but the couple says they won’t stop trying until a girl arrives.

During Jucicleide Silva’s first pregnancy, the couple agreed that the dad would name the boys and Mum, the girls. But the couple 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.

Irineu who is a 40-year-old farmer said:

I’ve always admired players like Rivaldo, Roberto Carlos, Ronaldinho and Robinho, 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).

The farmer said Reinan, 17, (pictured holding Rafael, 2) prefers chasing girls to football

Taking care of so many kids is a full-time job and Jucicleide revealed she doesn’t have time for much else.

She said: “Every lunchtime I cook a kilo of rice, a kilo of beans and an extra-large packet of macaroni.

“Of course there are times when things are tough but nobody ever goes hungry.

“If we have one loaf of bread, it’s divided and shared between everybody.

“The good thing is that all my boys are well behaved.”

But she revealed she still has her heart set on a little girl.

She said: “It would be wonderful to be able to choose her name and to finally hold up the red card to my husband.”