Baby joy: Steven and Alex Gerrard add to their team

Wednesday November 2, 2011

Footballer Steven Gerrard and his wife Alex have welcomed their third daughter into their lives.

The famous couple have chosen to name their little one Lourdes – the same name Madonna famously chose for her daughter.

The name is traditionally Catholic, due to the belief that the Virgin Mary appeared to a young girl in a town of the same name in France.

Both Alex and Steven are Catholics and married in a Catholic ceremony.

The couple already have two daughters – Lilly-Ella, aged seven and Lexie, aged five (pictured).

a spokesperson for the pair said: "Steven and Alex would like to thank the media for respecting the privacy of their family at this time."

The footballer, who was present at the birth, added: "Both mum and baby are doing well."

Photo: © Rex Features

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