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Beckham named third son after Tom Cruise

entertainment Updated: Jul 10, 2009 16:57 IST

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Soccer star David Beckham has revealed that he named his third son Cruz after his superstar friend Tom Cruise.

The soccer ace who is married to former Spice Girl Victoria Beckham became close friends with the Top Gun actor in 2003 and got inspired by him so much so that he named his third kid, born in 2005, Cruz, reports

Beckham who has two other sons, Brooklyn, 10, and six-year-old Romeo told writer Grant Wahl for his book "The Beckham Experiment": "I must admit, when Victoria and I met Tom, I remember turning around to Victoria and saying, 'Cruise is a great name, but we could spell it different.' And also, living in Spain, Cruz is spelled the way it is in Spanish. So that's why we got it."

Not only this the actor has been influential in many of Beckhams's other decisions too, including signing with the Los Angeles Galaxy and hiring the same PR firm as him.