Every soccer star has had or has a nickname. It’s a way of bestowing honor, respect, and love on to a player – a way to make the player part of the collective fan family in a sense. How do you reach a player or connect to them? Giving a player a nickname is a way to do that. To show how much you care about the player or a way to have fun with a player – it’s almost like the more nicknames a player has the more popular the player is.
Messi a houselhold name in his native country, but he is not bothered with his new nickname of the Atomic Flea or La Pulga Atómica.
Fernando Jose Torres Sanz (‘El Nino’ – the kid), is the former Atletico Madrid star forward and now doing the same star turn for Liverpool. He’s a player who will probably always look young.
Two famous goal scorers: Edson Arantes do Nascimento and Manuel Francisco dos Santos, are better known as Pele and Garrincha.
Below is a lit of nicknames for past and current soccer stars.
Related to nicknames, Slate also has a great article on Brazil and how seventeen of the 23 players on Brazil’s current World Cup roster go by a single name.
Sources: Guy Sports
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