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Top 20 nicknames of footballers - Part 1 of 2

  • Well, we all know of Mike Smalling and how Van Gaal calls him these days. Let's take a look at other footballers who were called by their nickname.
Akshay Ron
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Modified 20 Dec 2019, 13:26 IST

Over the years, having seen countless Brazilians have names that in no way relate to their original birth-names, I would think that it is safe to establish that nicknames have their unique place in football. Be it Pele, arguably one of the greatest footballers ever or more recently, Kaka, these players have adopted the supposed one word as their name in the footballing world.However, there are players who have nicknames from their teammates, or familial tradition or their style of play that are popular in the footballing community. Let’s take a look at ten such unique nicknames in football and the origin behind them.

#1 Sergio Aguero - Kun


Aguero is one of the most feared strikers in world football

The man who constantly terrorizes Premier League defences, and is one of the most potent strikers in the Premier League has a humble background to his nickname. It wasn’t given to him by anyone but a product of his own creation.

Having been a fan of the Kum-Kum, Sergio Aguero decided to nickname himself after it, and was duly encouraged by his grandparents. His grandparents even thought he resembled a character from that show and that legend continued as he realized that ‘Kun’ did actually sound cool. He has also tattooed the same in his arm, in the script of Tengwar, from the Lord of the Rings Universe.

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