List of Popular Sports Nicknames


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Der Panzer, Der Terminator

Lothar Matthaus was one of the most complete and most dominant footballers of the 1980s and 1990s.

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Fußballgott, Schweini, Mr Calm

Bastian Schweinsteiger is one of the greatest German footballers ever.

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El Toro, El Matador

Mario Kempes is the legendary Argentinian footballer, the central point of the team that won the 1978 World Cup, a tournament where he won the Golden Boot and the Golden Ball awards for being the top scorer as well as the best player.

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Melwood Grandmaster

Trent Alexander-Arnold is one of the most promising young footballers in the world.

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The Hoover, Dyson, Flaco, The Lighthouse

Fabinho is a Brazilian football player, one of the best defensive midfielders in the game.

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Non-Flying Dutchman, Iceman, Dennis the Menace

Dennis Bergkamp was a Dutch footballer with blistering pace, amazing dribbling and a breathtaking first touch.

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Mimi, Mr. Three Hundred Million, Mr. Five Percent

Mino Raiola was one of the most influential football player agents in history, adored by his clients and despised by almost everyone else.

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Carletto, Diva Whisperer

Carlo Ancelotti was a world-class footballer who turned out to be an even better manager. He is the only boss to have won the title in all the "big five" leagues: La Liga, Bundesliga, Ligue 1, Serie A and the Premier League.

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Arra

Achraf Hakimi is a footballer representing Morocco, who played for high profile clubs such as Real Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, Inter Milan and Paris Saint-Germain before turning 22 years old.

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The Big Fundamental

Tim Duncan is a Hall of Famer and quite possibly the best power forward to ever play the game of basketball.

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Coach Pop

Greg Popovich is one of the greatest NBA coaches in history and is the record-holder for all-time regular season wins.

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L'Imperatore di Milano (The Emperor)

Adriano Leite Ribeiro is a polarizing Brazilian footballer who was considered one of the best players in the world during his time at Inter Milan.

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Peaky Jack

Jack Grealish is a professional footballer, who played for Aston Villa since he was six years old and is currently the most expensive English footballer representing the colours of Manchester City.

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Chef Curry, Baby-Faced Assassin

Stephen Curry is one of the best point guards to ever play the game of basketball.

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Beckenbonucci, Bonnie-Bauer

Leonardo Bonucci is one of the greatest football center-backs Italy has ever had.

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The Joker, Big Honey

Nikola Jokic is a Serbian basketball player currently dominating the NBA league as a center for the Denver Nuggets.

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Golazo, Witch from Denmark

Christian Eriksen is a professional footballer from Denmark, who has made his mark on European football by playing for high-profile clubs such as Ajax, Tottenham and Inter Milan.

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The Tank

Carlos Henrique Casemiro is a professional footballer who plays for Real Madrid and the Brazil national team in the defensive midfielder role.

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KG, The Big Ticket

Kevin Garnett, one of the best basketball players of all time, played as a power forward for the Minnesota Timberwolves and Boston Celtics for the majority of his career in the NBA.

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The Beast

Reece James is a football player who plays in the right back position for the England national team and Chelsea FC.

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Gufetto (Little Owl)

Marco Verratti is a central midfielder for the Italian national team and the Paris Saint-Germain football club.

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Gigio

Gianluigi Donnarumma is one of the best goalkeepers in the sport of football.

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Radio Jorginho

Jorge Luiz Frello Filho, aka Jorginho, is one of the best midfielders in the game of football.

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Zen Master

Phil Jackson is the most successful coach the NBA has ever had.

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Zeke

Isaiah Thomas was a legendary Detroit Pistons player and the NBA Hall of Famer, who was at the top of his game in the late 1980s.

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Ederzinho

Eden Hazard is a creative dribbler, one of the best footballers of his generation.

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The Gypsy King

Tyson Fury is one of the most popular and polarizing fighters in the world of boxing.

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The Sniper

The Dutch footballer, Wesley Sneijder, was one of the best midfielders of his generation.

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Zuti, the Yellow One

Robert Prosinecki was a technical and creative genius on the football pitch.

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Black Panther, Black Pearl, o Rei

Eusebio da Silva Ferreira is the best African-born football player ever.

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Belfast Boy, El Beatle, The Fifth Beatle

George Best was the world's first football superstar.

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The Swan of Utrecht

Marco van Basten was a Dutch superstar footballer who graced the fields of Ajax and AC Milan.

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Ice Man

Eidur Gudjohnsen is the most famous Icelandic footballer ever.

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Il Genio, The Genius

Dejan Savicevic was a football player with a magical left foot and when he felt like playing, he was unstoppable.

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Garcom, Ice Man, German Sniper

Toni Kroos is the German football superstar, who plays for Real Madrid in a central midfielder role.

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Zorro, Zvone

Zvonimir Boban is a legendary Croatian footballer, who spent his best years playing for AC Milan as a playmaker.

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The Wizard

Hakim Ziyech is a football star, capable of scoring stunning goals and providing the wow moments for the fans with his outstanding ball skills.

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The Glove

Gary Payton is the best player in the history of Seattle Supersonics basketball team.

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The Answer, A.I.

Allen Iverson was one of the most unique and charismatic players in NBA history.

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Dr. J

Julius Erving was the best player in the NBA right before Magic Johnson, Larry Bird and Michael Jordan came into the league.

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KD, Slim Reaper

Kevn Durant is the best scorer in today's basketball.

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Il Magnifico

Lorenzo Insigne is an Italian football star, famous for his scoring instinct.

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Captain Canada

Steve Nash was the best basketball point guard at the turn of the millennium.

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Pepo

Federico Chiesa is the brightest young star of Italian football.

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Tall Baller from The G, Dirk Diggler, German Wunderkind

Dirk Nowitzki is considered one of the best power forwards in the history of basketball.

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The Waiter, Pink Panther

Toni Kukoc is by many considered the best European player of all time.

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Larry Legend, Kodak, the Great White Hope

Larry Bird is the only person in NBA history to be named Rookie of the Year, Most Valuable Player, NBA Finals MVP, All-Star MVP, Coach of the Year, and Executive of the Year.

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Batigol, El Angel Gabriel

Gabriel Batistuta - The Only Player Who Has Scored Hat-Tricks on Two World Cups

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The Godfather

A great player and turned into a great manager is the best way to describe Antonio Conte.

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The Captain, The Tower from Power

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is the NBA all-time leading scorer and one of the greatest centers to play the game.

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The Admiral

David Robinson is one of the greatest NBA centers of all time.

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Sheva

Andriy Shevchenko was considered as one of the most lethal strikers who has ever played the game.

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The Professor

Clarence Seedorf is the only player in history who has won the UEFA Champions League trophy with three different clubs.

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The Red Beard, La Barba Roja

Xabi Alonso has won it all in world football.

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Bobby Manc, Mancio

Roberto Mancini is one of few people who has reached a legendary status both as a player and as a coach.

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King Kong

Giorgio Chiellini is one of the best defenders in the game of football today.

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Pinturicchio, Fantasista

Alessandro Del Piero is a true football legend in Turin and generally in Italy.

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Woody

Marco Reus is a German professional football player, a star of Borussia Dortmund and the German national team.

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Saint Lloris

Hugo Lloris is one of the best shot-stoppers in the game of football.

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The Rocket, Assist King

Jadon Sancho is one of the best wingers of his generation in world football.

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Edou

Edouard Mendy is a world-class goalkeeper representing the colours of Senegal and Chelsea FC.

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The Spider

Anderson Silva is a Brazilian mixed martial arts fighter, considered by many to be the best to ever step foot inside the octagon.

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Xavi, La Computadora, The Puppet Master

Xavier Hernandez Creus, better known as Xavi, is one of the best playmakers that the game of football has ever seen.

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Pedri

Pedro Gonzales Lopez is a Spanish football sensation, one of the best players of his generation in the world.

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The Octopus, The Giraffe

Thibaut Courtois is a Belgian goalkeeper considered to be one of the best in the world.

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King Carl

Carl Lewis is an American track and field icon, one of the greatest Olympic athletes of all time.

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The African King, The Drog

Didier Drogba is undoubtedly one of the best football players that came from the African continent.

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Menino de Ouro (The Golden Boy), Hurricane Felix

Joao Felix Sequeira is the Portuguese football prodigy, one of the most talented players of his generation.

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The Professor, TT

Thomas Tuchel is a German master tactician.

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The Ginger Pele

Kevin De Bruyne, the Belgian international, is one of the best midfielders in the game of football.

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O Goleiro Gato

Alisson Becker is a Brazilian goalkeeper, considered by many to be the best in the world.

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Magic Johnson

Earvin Johnson Jr. is according to many the best basketball point guard of all time.

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The Punisher

Andre Agassi is an American tennis great with eight Grand Slam titles to his name as well as an Olympic gold.

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King Arthur (Rey Arturo)

Arturo Vidal is a Chilean professional footballer, considered to be one of the best midfielders in the world during his prime years.

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Dave

Cesar Azpilicueta is a complete football player, strong with pace, always there where he is needed and with a cabinet full of trophies.

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The Noodle (Fideo)

Angel Di Maria is one of the top wingers in the game of football.

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El Paso Doble

Luis Filipe Madeira Caeiro Figo is a legendary Portuguese footballer, arguably one of the best midfielders in the history of the sport.

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Fraulein Forehand

Steffi Graf was the number one ranked female player who held that title for more than seven years, a record for both females and males.

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Boom Boom Boris

Boris Becker is a legendary German tennis player and a former number one in the sport.

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El Hombre Bala - The Bullet Man

Roberto Carlos is a Brazilian footballer considered to be the greatest left-back in the world during his playing days.

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The Golden Boy

Oscar De La Hoya is a boxing legend came into the spotlight at an early age by winning an Olympic Gold Medal.

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Pistol Pete

Petros Sampras won what was at the time a record 14 Grand Slam titles in professional tennis.

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Big George

George Foreman most certainly has had the career many would envy, both during and after his boxing days.

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Sir Charles, Round Mound of Rebound

Charles Barkley is one of the greatest Power Forwards/Small Forwards in the sport of basketball of all time.

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Croatian Mozart

Drazen Petrovic was voted the best European Basketball player in history. His number 3 jersey has been retired by the New Jersey Nets.

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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, King Kai

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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N,Golinho, 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, King Karim, Big Ben, KB9

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, TB12

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 (Bosanski Dijamant), The Swan of Sarajevo

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

Javier Hernandez is a Mexican striker who has the interesting aspect of being more widely known by his nickname.

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Leo, La Pulga Atomica

Leonel 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, Cuqui

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 Andres Iniesta 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, Ronnie

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

Luis Suarez is one of the most famous strikers in world football.

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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

When discussing the greatest goalkeepers to ever play the game of football, the name Iker Casillas will most certainly come up.

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The Great One

Gretzky's level of dominance in the sport of hockey was second to none, and many of his records will likely never be broken.

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