List of Popular Sports Nicknames


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Ronnie

Phil Foden is one of the most exciting young English football prospects on the world stage at the moment.

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Alleskonner

Kai Havertz is undoubtedly one of the most exciting German prospects to come through in recent times.

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Little Milla

Samuel Eto'o is typically regarded as one of the best Afrrican players of all time.

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The Worm

While Rodman's post-NBA career has been... eventful, nobody can deny the impact he had on the league.

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The Don, El Matador

Luka Doncic at his young age has shattered record after record for his scoring and assisting, which only seems to indicate him going even further to the top.

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The Rat

Because of Kante's never-ending stamina, he was given the nickname by teammate Eden Hazard.

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Champions League Varane

Raphael Varane is one of the best centre-backs in European football who has won quite a lot in his time.

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The Swiss Maestro

An active philanthropist and gracious even in defeat, Federer has to be recognized as one of the all-time tennis greats, if not the best.

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The King of Clay

Rafael Nadal has been one of the players to transform professional tennis over the past 2 decades.

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The Diesel

Shaquille o'Neal has to go down as one of the best players in NBA history.

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Pep

Josep Guardiola is one of the greatest football managers of all time.

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The Problem Child

Jake Paul has a controversial history to go along with the successful boxing career.

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O Monstro

Thiago Emiliano da Silva is more commonly known as just Thiago Silva and is one of the best football defenders of the past decade.

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Tiger

Is there a more famous golfer than THE Tiger Woods?

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King Eric

Eric Cantona is regularly recognized as one of the best players to play in the English Premier League, but he also regularly got in trouble for his lack of discipline.

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The Red Baron

Michael Schumacher is one of the best Formula One racers to ever step out onto the track.

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Billion Dollar Man

Lewis Hamilton is one of the most successful to ever hop into a Formula One car.

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Der Titan

Oliver Kahn is routinely included in lists of the best goalkeepers of all time for a reason.

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Jewel of La Masia

Ansu Fati is undoubtedly one of the brightest players for Barcelona's and Spain's future.

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Raumdeuter

Thomas Muller is unarguably one of the best German attacking players to ever play the game.

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The Beard

James Harden is one of the NBA's most recognizable faces.

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The Predator

Francis Ngannou is known as the hardest puncher in UFC history.

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Djoker

Novak Djokovic is undoubtedly one of the best tennis players of all time.

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Pogboom

Paul Pogba is one of the most polarizing footballers in the modern day.

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Stevie G

Steven Gerrard is a name that plays with the heart strings of many English and Liverpool fans.

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Lightning Bolt

Usain Bolt is the only one to have won gold at the 100 and 200 m races at 3 consecutive Olympics.

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The Baltimore Bullet

Michael Phelps is the most decorated Olympian of all time, dominating almost every swimming event he has attended.

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Vini

Vinicius Junior is making a name for himself with Spanish giants Real Madrid.

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Kun

One of the greatest strikers to play in the Premier League, Sergio Aguero has written his name in the legend books.

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Captain America

Christian Pulisic is one of the most famous American footballers in the modern day.

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Road Runner

Alphonso Davies is one of the most exciting prospects in world football.

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Mountain That Plays Tennis

Serena Williams is the greatest female tennis player to ever step onto the court.

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Pele in Skirts

Marta Vieira da Silva (Marta) is one of the most successful female footballers ever, especially for those not from the United States.

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Mr Chelsea

Mason Mount clearly has Chelsea flowing through his veins.

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Coco, Benzegoal

Karim Benzema is one of the most successful French strikers of all time.

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The Black Mamba

Kobe Bryant was not only a legend of the game, but one of those players who was dedicated to 1 team.

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HurriKane

Harry Kane has cemented his place as one of the best strikers in the English Premier League.

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Air Jordan, Black Cat

Michael Jordan is one of the most famous athletes of all time.

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Le Buteur de Charme (Charm Striker)

Olivier Giroud is the second highest goalscorer for the French national team and has had a sparkling career so far.

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Baby Horse

Alex Morgan is one of the most influential women footballers of the modern day.

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Big Rom

Romelu Lukaku he has played for a few of Europe's most prestigious teams, including Chelsea, Manchester United and Inter Milan.

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Big Brother

Mauricio Pochettino has had a long career in the world of football.

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Kova, Il Professore

Mateo Kovacic is one of those players that catches the eye whenever he gets the ball.

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Bobby

Roberto Firmino is a name that should be familiar to many Premier League fans over the past several years.

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Radio Wanker

Starting as a non-league striker and working his way up to Premier League Champion is a tale that few can claim, but James Vardy most certainly can.

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Manu

Manuel Neuer is one of those goalkeepers that you can point at as a revolutionary one.

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The Prince of England

Marcus Rashford has played for United since the age of seven and broke into the first team in 2015 at the age of 18.

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Gigi

Gianluigi Buffon has led a career that has firmly planted himself as one of the greatest goalkeepers of all time, if not the greatest.

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The Milkman

It was at Sporting that Fernandes truly lit up and caught the eye, thanks to his quality and creative performances.

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Assist King, M10

Mesut Ozil, the creative midfielder garnered a name for himself as someone who could see passes that others couldnt, even from the age of 16.

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California Cool

Tom Brady is undoubtedly one of the greatest football players to ever step onto the field.

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Guerriero

Mario Mandzukic, the Croatian forward, has played for some of the best teams in Europe while also remaining a proficient goalscorer.

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Bones

Jon Jones has the distinction of becoming the youngest champion in UFC history when he won at the age of 23.

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Furia Ceca

Nedved is undoubtedly one of the greatest players to come out of the Czech Republic, yet he's also been a great footballer regardless of nationality.

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Menino

Neymar da Silva Santos Junior is the world's most expensive footballer. He has also done a pretty large amount of playing to earn that price.

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The Eagle

Khabib Nurmagomedov is widely considered as one of the best to have ever taken part in mixed martial arts (MMA).

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The Normal One

Jurgen Klopp has to be considered one of the best football managers in the world in the current day.

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Donatello

Kylian Mbappe is one of the most fascinating football players on the planet at the moment.

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Egyptian King

Mohamed Salah has experienced a rise like few other football players have.

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King James

LeBron James is one of those names that everybody knows. Frequently his name is thrown in with Michael Jordan as the best to ever play the game of basketball.

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The Notorious

Conor McGregor is an MMA fighter that has made his name by being both good at fighting and being loud.

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Sonaldo (Sonny)

Son Heung-min is one of the best players in the Premier League at the moment, and most certainly has achieved the status as one of the best players to come out of Asia.

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Zeus

Travis Kelce is a legend among Kansas City fans. Yet, he has also shown that he can make it at the highest level and perform for just about a decade in the red and white of the Chiefs.

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The Black Tulip (Il Tulipano Nero)

A legend of the game, Ruud Gullit most certainly left his mark wherever he went.

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Golden Balls

David Beckham is one of the most famous footballers of the 1990s and 2000s. He not only became a great player, but also a British icon thanks to his cool looks and general influence on culture.

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Bosnian Diamond

Dzeko became the first player to score 50 goals for Bosnia and Herzegovina. He has also made over 100 appearances for them, making him one of the most celebrated players in their history.

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Cruyff of the Balkans

Luka Modric is the first player other than Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo in a decade to win the Ballon d'Or award in 2018.

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Money

Floyd Mayweather is one of the most attractive names in boxing. His fights garner millions of views and consistently bring in some of the greatest amounts of money in the sport of boxing.

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Iron Mike

The story behind the nickname of one of the greatest heavyweight boxers of all time - Mike Tyson.

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El Matador

Edinson Cavani has been one of the most prolific strikers of the last decade.

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The Baby-Faced Assassin

His playing career consisted of scoring many goals in a rather small amount of appearances.

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The Tarantula

Dani Alves is one of the most tattooed defenders of all time, but he's also one of the most successful.

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The Golfer

Gareth Bale eclipsed the world record fee that Real Madrid paid for Cristiano Ronaldo.

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The Magic Dwarf

Philipp Lahm was one of the greatest defenders of his generation, and quite possibly of all time.

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El Tigre

Radamel Falcao is the all-time leading goal scorer for the Colombian national team.

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Le Petit Prince

Antoine Griezmann has gained his nickname based on one of the literary works by Antoine de Saint-Exupery.

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Il Divino Codino

Roberto Baggio is considered by many to be one of the best Italian players ever, having scored 318 goals in all competitions, making him the 5th highest scoring Italian ever.

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Chicharito

Chicharito started his career at Mexican club C.D. Guadalajara before making a transfer to English giant Manchester United in 2010; the first Mexican to do so.

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La Pulga Atomica

Messi is undoubtedly one of the greatest players to ever live. In fact, there's a very strong argument for him to be number one.

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Vatreni

The Croatian national team is one of the more successful smaller nationals in international football.

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Wazza

Whether it was his early antics as a teen, incredible goal scoring record or on-field aggressiveness, Wayne Rooney made sure that everyone in England had an opinion of him.

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La Furia Roja

The Spanish national football team is one of the most renowned in the world. Their success at the end of the 2000s and beginning of the 2010s is one of the most astonishing in the history of football.

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The Terminator

Erling Haaland is one of the most exciting players to watch in recent years. He has picked up nicknames like "The Terminator" thanks to his physical attributes like height and speed.

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Titi

Thierry Henry is one of the most legendary footballing figures, often being placed at the top of "Best Players in the Premier League" lists.

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El Capitan

Regardless of how you view Ramos and his playing style, he has to be regarded as one of the best defenders of his generation.

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Fergie

Widely regarded as one of the greatest managers of all time, winning more trophies than any other.

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Invincibles

Arsenal are the only team in the Premier League history to go the full 38-match season unbeaten.

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Le Professuer

Arsene Wenger is one of the most famous managers of all time, contributing enormously to the English game over the course of 22 years.

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The Special One

One of the most successful managers of all time - Jose Mourinho

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Maestro

The Barcelona playmaker is widely considered one of the best of all time thanks to his vision, dribbling and general versatility as a midfielder.

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El Tiburon

Carles Puyol is regarded as one of the greatest defenders of his generation.

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Ibra

Zlatan Ibrahimovic, aka Ibra, is known for his goal-scoring, his trophy winning and (perhaps most of all) his PR abilities and brash persona.

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LewanGOALski

Robert Lewandowski, nicknamed LewanGOALski, might just be the greatest striker of the last decade.

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CR7

Cristiano Ronaldo, aka CR7, is one of the greatest players the world has ever seen.

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Big Pete

Petr Cech is the Czech goalkeeper who became famous for his career at Chelsea FC.

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Er Pupone

Francesco Totti made his first appearance for Roma at age 16 and is the second-highest scorer of all time in the Italian top league.

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Il Capitano

Paolo Maldini, aka Il Capitano, is commonly found on lists of the greatest players of all time.

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Super Mario

Mario Balotelli is a name that will be familiar to anyone who paid attention to European football for the past decade. Whether it's from his notable goal celebrations, off-field antics or performances for the Italian national team.

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Robbery

Of all the winger duos ever to play the game of football, you'll be hard-pressed to find one as prolific as Bayern Munich's Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben.

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Turbo Timo

Timo Werner is one of the most exciting prospects for German strikers since Miroslav Klose.

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Super Pippo

Filippo Inzaghi scored so many goals that he got the nickname 'Super Pippo' or just 'Pippo' from fans and the media. He is the seventh highest scorer in Italian football.

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Il Maestro

Andrea Pirlo, nicknamed Il Maestro, is one of the most renowned midfielders to ever play the game of football.

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Three-Lungs Park

In Ji-sung Park, fans saw a player who didn't give up and didn't run out of energy. Despite frequent injuries, he is the most successful Asian football player in history, having won 19 trophies in his playing career.

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Kojak

The Italian referee Pierluigi Collina, aka Kojak, is almost universally considered the best football referee of all time.

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The Great Dane

Peter Schmeichel, aka The Great Dane, became known worldwide thanks to his performances for Manchester United and the Danish national team.

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Gazza

Paul Gascoigne is passionately remembered by many English football fans as one of the best attacking midfielders they have ever had.

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El Cholo

How did Diego Simeone, also known as El Cholo, get his nickname?

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Le Roi

Michel Platini, the three time Ballon d'Or winner, earned his nickname Le Roi (The King) for his performances on the pitch.

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El Nino

The career story of Fernando Torres, also known as El Nino (The Kid).

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Cafu

Cafu is the most-capped Brazilian player of all time, making 142 appearances for the football giants.

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Gaucho

Ronaldo de Assis Moreira, more commonly known as Ronaldinho Gaucho or just Ronaldinho was perhaps the most famous player of the 2000s thanks to his flair, creativity and attacking skill.

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Garrincha

The story of Manuel Francisco dos Santos, also known as Garrincha.

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Kaka

How did the Brazilian football player Kaka get his nickname? One of the most talented players to ever play the game.

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Pele

How did the famous soccer player Pele get his nickname? What is his real name?

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Zizou

How did Zinedine Zidane get his nickname Zizou?

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El Pistolero

Who is the football player nicknamed El Pistolero? Where did this name come from?

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Il Fenomeno

How did Ronaldo Luis Nazario get the nickname Il Fenomeno?

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D10S Maradona

The meaning of the iconic nickname D10S is explained, when it comes to one of the greatest footballers of all time - Diego Armando Maradona.

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Der Kaiser

How did the nickname Der Kaiser come about, when it comes to Franz Beckenbauer, one of the most iconic German footballers of all time?

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San Iker

What football player goes by the name of San Iker? How did this nickname come about?

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The Great One

The Great One Definition - what does the term The Great One mean in the world of sports? What is meant by the Great One?

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