List of Popular Sports Nicknames


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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 Zinedane 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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