Footballers around the world are trying to make a name for themselves. Quite a few of them eventually do, but have just one name. Does that ring a bell? Have you ever wondered what their full names were? Ever struggled with their first/last names? While numerous examples pop up in my head, here are a few that you already know:
1. Ricardo Izecson dos Santos Leite
Ricardo Izecson dos Santos Leite is better known as Kaká. Brazilian footballers have this knack of finding small nicknames for the longest of names. This will stop here, lest we get into Cafu, Ronaldo, Rivaldo, Zico, Garrincha and Romario. Phew!
2. Luís Carlos Almeida da Cunha
Luís Carlos Almeida da Cunha, commonly called Nani. Brazilians essentially speak Portuguese, so we know where this habit stems from.
3. Képler Laveran Lima Ferreira
Képler Laveran Lima Ferreira, commonly known as Pepe. Brilliant defender and very easy to call out on the field, obviously.
4. Gervais Lombe Yao Kouassi
Gervais Lombe Yao Kouassi, or Gervinho. The Ivorian is usually called Yao Kouassi by the very articulate FIFA commentators. Let’s not go there.
5. José María Gutiérrez Hernández
José María Gutiérrez Hernández, commonly called Guti which comes from Gutiérrez, which was clearly too long.
6. Xavier Hernández i Creus
Xavier Hernández i Creus is the name that gave way to simply Xavi. But no one really cares about what’s in the name as long as his work rate continues at the phenomenal levels they have touched.
7. Miguel Pérez Cuesta
A new find for the English Premier League and importantly for Swansea City. Miguel Pérez Cuesta gives way to Michu for convenience.
8. Tiago Manuel Dias Correia
Tiago Manuel Dias Correia has played for the Portugal under-21 side and Manchester United, but probably likes being called Bébé.