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Giannis Antetokounmpo Parents

Last Modified Aug 24, 2022 15:10 IST

Giannis Sina Ugo Antetokounmpo is a Greek professional basketball player who plays for the Milwaukee Bucks as a power forward. Nicknamed ‘The Greek Freak’, Giannis is a once in a generation type of athlete. He has the physique of a ‘Mr. Olympia’ Contestant with the speed, agility, and explosiveness of a wide receiver. His 6’11” 242 pound frame has helped him become one of the most dominant forces in the NBA. The two-time MVP won his first championship in 2021, downing the Suns in six games with Giannis picking up the Finals MVP Award. He is a testament of how hard work will lead you to success.


Who are Giannis’ parents?




Charles and Veronica, Giannis’ Parents, were former athletes in Nigeria. His father played soccer and his mother was a high jumper.


Although Giannis is a multi-millionaire athlete, he came from humble upbringings. His parents were born and brought up in Nigeria and later immigrated to Greece in search of a better life in 1992. Due to the nature of their immigration being illegal, the Antetokounmpo family did not have any legal documents. This led to the Antetokounmpo parents not being able to secure stable employment. With the Greek economy in recession, the brothers would go around selling stuff on the streets to tourists to make ends meet.


Who was Giannis’ father?



Charles Antetokounmpo (August 3, 1993 - September 29, 2017) was a Nigerian professional football player. He was best known as Giannis’ father. He and the rest of the family, barring Francis, migrated to Athens in search of a better life for the family. He was greatly respected by his family but unfortunately passed away due to cardiac arrest in September 2017 at the age of 54.


Who is Giannis’ mother?



Veronica Antetokounmpo is a former Nigerian professional high jumper. She is the mother of five professional athletes, most notably Giannis Antetokounmpo. No information about her birth is known as of yet.


What nationality are Giannis’ parents?


Charles and Veronica are both Nigerian by descent but hold Greek passports. Charles was part of the Nigerian ethnic group, Yoruba. Veronica is part of the Nigerian ethnic group, Igbo.


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Giannis’ Parents’ family


Charles and Veronica have five children in total. Four of them are professional basketball players who play/have played in the NBA and Francis played professional football. Their oldest child, Francis, was raised in Nigeria with his grandparents. Francis, Thanasis, Giannis, Kostas, Alex are their children's names, oldest to youngest.