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List of association football players by nickname

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This is a list of association football players by nickname.

Individuals[edit]

A[edit]

  • "L'Aeroplanino" (Italian for "The Little Aeroplane") = Vincenzo Montella, Italian striker[1]
  • "El Ángel Gabriel" (Spanish for "The Angel Gabriel"), "Batigol" = Gabriel Batistuta, Argentine striker[2]
  • "Angelo Anguilla" (Italian for "Angelo the Eel") = Angelo Anquilletti, Italian defender[3]
  • "El Apache" (Spanish for "The Apache") = Carlos Tevez, Argentine striker[4]
  • "The Architect", "Maestro", "The Metronome", "Mozart", "The Professor" = Andrea Pirlo, Italian midfielder[5][6][7][8]
  • "L'Ascensore Umano" (Italian for "The Human Lift") = Sebastiano Rossi, Italian goalkeeper[9]
  • "The Atomic Ant" = Sebastian Giovinco, Italian forward[10]
  • "Aussie Guus" = Guus Hiddink, Dutch football manager[11]

B[edit]

  • "O Baixinho" (Portuguese for "The Shorty") = Romário, Brazilian striker
  • "The Bald Eagle"
    • Attilio Lombardo (also "Popeye", "The Ostrich"), Italian football player and manager[12][13][14][15]
    • Jim Smith, English football player, manager and director[16]
  • "Il Balilla" (Genoese for "The Little Boy") = Giuseppe Meazza, Italian forward and manager[17][18]
  • "Batsman" (Nickname given by himself after the famous character Batman) = Michy Batshuayi, Belgian striker[19]
  • "Baz" = Barry Cogan, Irish footballer[20][21]
  • "The Baby-Faced Assassin" = Ole Gunnar Solskjær, Norwegian striker[1]
  • "Berba" = Dimitar Berbatov, Bulgarian striker[22]
  • "The Beast" = Mamadou Sakho, French defender;[23] Zach Thornton, American goalkeeper[24]
  • "El Beatle", "The Fifth Beatle" = George Best, Northern Irish winger[25]
  • "Becks", "DB7" = David Beckham, English midfielder[26]
  • "Bello di Notte" (Italian for "Beautiful at Night"), "Zibì" = Zbigniew Boniek, Polish midfielder[27]
  • "Bes" (Russian for "Demon") = Vladimir Beschastnykh, Russian striker[28]
  • "Bhai" (Hindi for "brother") = Sunil Chhetri, Indian footballer and striker
  • "Big Ben" = Christian Benteke, Belgian striker
  • "The Big Man", "Cesar", "King Billy" = Billy McNeill, Scottish defender[1]
  • "Big Phil" = Luiz Felipe Scolari, Brazilian manager[29]
  • "Billy" = Alessandro Costacurta, Italian defender[30][31]
  • "Er Bimbo de Oro" (A Roman dialect/Spanish hybrid, translating to "The Golden Boy"), "L'Ottavo Re di Roma" (Italian for "The Eighth King of Rome"), "Er Pupone" (Roman for "The Big Baby"), "Il Capitano" (Italian for "The Captain"), and "Il Gladiatore" (Italian for "The Gladiator")[32][33]= Francesco Totti, Italian striker
  • "The Black Panther", "The Black Pearl" = Eusébio, Portuguese striker
  • "The Black Spider"
    • Lev Yashin (also "The Black Panther"), Russian goalkeeper
    • Fabio Cudicini, Italian goalkeeper[34]
    • Thomas N'Kono, Cameroonian goalkeeper[35]
  • "Bob" = Aleksandr Sheshukov, Russian midfielder[36][37]
  • "Bobo", "Il Toro" (Italian for "The Bull") = Christian Vieri, Italian striker[38][39]
  • "The Body", "Lewy" = Robert Lewandowski, Polish striker
  • "Der Bomber" = Gerd Müller, German striker
  • "Bonimba" = Roberto Boninsegna, Italian striker[40]
  • "The Bosnian Diamond" = Edin Džeko, Bosnian forward[41]
  • "Brazzo" (German for 'Little boy') = Hasan Salihamidžić, Bosnian midfielder[42]
  • "Brian" = Stuart Lewis, English footballer[21]
  • "La Brujita" (Spanish for "The Little Witch") = Juan Sebastián Verón, Argentine midfielder[43]
  • "Brunelleschi" = Federico Bernardeschi, Italian midfielder[44]
  • "The Bulldozer" = Fadi Alloush, Lebanese forward.[45]
  • "Bulle" (German for 'Bull'. Nickname given for his physical playing style) = Franz Roth, German midfielder[46]

C[edit]

  • "El Cabezón" (Spanish for "The Big Head") = Omar Sívori, Argentine-Italian forward[47]
  • "El Cañón de Galés (Spanish for "The Cannon of Wales") = Gareth Bale, Welsh midfielder
  • "Carletto" = Carlo Ancelotti, Italian midfielder and manager[48]
  • "The Cat of Prague" = František Plánička, Czechoslovakian goalkeeper[49]
  • "Chicharito" (Spanish for "Little Pea") = Javier Hernández, Mexican forward (son of Chícharo)[1]
  • "Chícharo" (Spanish for "Pea") = 'Javier Hernández, Mexican midfielder[1]
  • "Il Cinghiale" (Italian for "The Boar"), "Tyson" = Angelo Peruzzi, Italian goalkeeper[50][51]
  • "Cobra", "Re David" (Italian for "King David"), "Trezegol" = David Trezeguet, French striker[52][53][54]
  • "Cookie" (Given by Ryan Giggs and Gary Speed due to his affinity for sweets on International duty) = Chris Coleman, Welsh defender and manager[55]
  • "The Commander", "Regele" (Romanian for "The King"), "The Maradona of the Carpathians" = Gheorghe Hagi, Romanian midfielder[56]
  • "CR7", "The Commander", "The Steam Engine"(because of his speed), "The Sultan of Stepover", "Ron" = Cristiano Ronaldo, Portuguese striker
  • "The Croatian Cruyff" (Nickname given because of his similar face and his playing style to Dutch legend Johan Cruyff) = Luka Modrić, Croatian midfielder[57]

D[edit]

  • "Dave" = César Azpilicueta, Spanish full-back[1][58]
  • "Deltaplano" (Italian for "Hang glider"), "Spiderman" = Walter Zenga, Italian goalkeeper[59][60]
  • "Dhagandey" (Maldivian for "Man of Steel") = Ali Ashfaq, Maldivian striker
  • "Dino" = Jan Koller, Czech striker[1]
  • "Il Divin Codino" (Italian for "The Divine Ponytail"), "Raffaello", "Robi" = Roberto Baggio, Italian forward[61][62]
  • "El Divino" (Spanish for "The Divine") = Ricardo Zamora, Spanish goalkeeper[63]
  • "Dodo" = Youssef Mohamad, Lebanese centre-back.[64]
  • "Don Fabio" = Fabio Capello, Italian midfielder and manager[65]

E[edit]

  • "Enceradeira" (Portuguese for "floor polisher") = Zinho, Brazilian midfielder (nickname given as a mockery, regarding his playing style where he constantly went around in circles)[66]
  • "Egyptian King", "Egyptian Messi" (Nickname given for his playing style similar to Lionel Messi) = Mohamed Salah, Egyptian forward[67][68]

F[edit]

  • "Il Faraone" (Italian for "The Pharaoh") = Stephan El Shaarawy, Italian striker (in reference to his Egyptian father)
  • "Il Fenomeno" (Italian for "The Phenomenon") = Ronaldo, Brazilian striker
  • "Fergie" = Alex Ferguson, Scottish footballer and manager[69]
  • "Fideo" (Spanish for "Noodle") = Ángel Di María, Argentine midfielder
  • "El Flaco" (Spanish for "The Skinny One"), "El Salvador" (Spanish for "The Saviour"), "El Profeta del Gol" (Spanish for "The Goal Prophet") = Johan Cruyff, Dutch winger and manager[70][71]
  • "The Flying Dutchman" = Robin van Persie, Dutch striker
  • "La Foquita" (Spanish for 'The Little Seal') = Jefferson Farfán, Peruvian forward[72]
  • "Furia Ceca" (Italian for "Czech Fury" or "Blind Fury"), "The Czech Cannon" = Pavel Nedvěd, Czech midfielder[73][74][75]
  • "Fußballgott" (German for "Footballgod"), "Basti", "Schweini" = Bastian Schweinsteiger, German midfielder[76]

G[edit]

  • "The Galloping Major" = Ferenc Puskás, Hungarian striker[77]
  • "Galinho de Quintino" (Portuguese for "Little Rooster from Quintino") = Zico, Brazilian forward or midfielder[78]
  • "Il Gallo" (Italian for "The Rooster") = Andrea Belotti, Italian striker[79][80]
  • "The Gardner", "Poncherello" = Julio Ricardo Cruz, Argentine striker[1]
  • "Gazza" = Paul Gascoigne, English footballer
  • "I Gemelli del Gol" (Italian for "The Goal Twins)" = Sampdoria's attacking duo, made up of Gianluca Vialli and Roberto Mancini[81]
  • "Der General" (German for 'The General') = Ottmar Hitzfeld, German football manager[82]
  • "Genghis Kahn", "Der Titan" (German for "The Titan"), "Vol-Kahn-o", "King Kahn" = Oliver Kahn, German goalkeeper[83][84]
  • "Il Genio" (Italian for "The Genius")
    • Evaristo Beccalossi, Italian midfielder[85]
    • Dejan Savićević, Montenegrin midfielder[86]
  • "Giero" = Rob Gier, English footballer[87]
  • "Il Gigante Buono" (Italian for "The Gentle Giant") = John Charles, Welsh footballer[88]
  • "The Golden Boy" = Gianni Rivera, Italian midfielder[89]
  • "Golden Guus" = Guus Hiddink, Dutch football manager[11][90]
  • "Gre-No-Li" = the Swedish attacking trio who played for A.C. Milan, made up of Gunnar Gren, Gunnar Nordahl and Nils Liedholm
  • "El Guaje" (Asturian for "The Kid") = David Villa, Spanish striker[91][92]
  • "Guly" = Andrés Guglielminpietro, Argentine midfielder[93]
  • "Guus Geluk" (literally 'Lucky Guus', Dutch for Disney's Gladstone Gander) = Guus Hiddink, Dutch football manager[11][94]

H[edit]

  • "Henke", "The King of Kings" = Henrik Larsson, Swedish striker
  • "High Dam" = Essam El-Hadary, Egyptian goalkeeper[95]
  • "The Holy Goalie" = Artur Boruc, Polish goalkeeper (due to his custom of blessing himself before games)
  • "HurriKane" = Harry Kane, English striker[96]

I[edit]

  • "Ibra", "Ibracadabra" = Zlatan Ibrahimović, Swedish striker
  • "L'Imperatore" (Italian for "The Emperor") = Adriano, Brazilian striker[97]
  • "El Ilusionista" (Spanish for "The Illusionist", "El Cerebro" (Spanish for "The Brain"), = Andrés Iniesta, Spanish midfielder[98]
  • "The Incredible Sulk" = Nicolas Anelka, French striker[99]
  • "Iranian Messi" (Nickname given for his playing style similar to Lionel Messi) = Sardar Azmoun, Iranian striker[100]
  • "The Iron Curtain", "The Cat" = Rinat Dasayev, Russian goalkeeper[101]
  • "Ironhead" = Tam Kong-pak, Hong Kong defender[102][103]

J[edit]

  • "Jinky", "The Wee Man", "The Lord of the Wing" = Jimmy Johnstone, Scottish winger
  • "La Joya" (Spanish for "The Jewel")
    • Paulo Dybala, Argentine forward[104]
    • Manuel Lanzini, Argentine mifielder[105]
  • "Justo" = Just Fontaine, French striker

K[edit]

  • "Der Kaiser" (German for "The Emperor") = Franz Beckenbauer, German sweeper and manager
  • "Kaiser Franz" (German for "Emperor Franz"), "Piscinin" (Milanese for "The Little One") = Franco Baresi, Italian defender[106]
  • "Kamikaze" = Giorgio Ghezzi, Italian goalkeeper[107]
  • "De Kapper" (The Hairdresser) = Henk Overgoor, Dutch footballer
  • "Katsche" (German for 'Kaiser's Bodyguard', Nickname given for being defensive duo with Franz Beckenbauer) = Hans-Georg Schwarzenbeck, German defender[108]
  • "Die Katze von Anzing" (German for 'the Cat from Anzing') = Sepp Maier, German goalkeeper[109]
  • "Keano" = Roy Keane, Irish midfielder
  • "Khomyak" (Russian for "Hamster") = Vladimir Beschastnykh, Russian midfielder/striker[110]
  • "King Eric" = Eric Cantona, French forward[111]
  • "King George" = George Weah, Liberian striker[112]
  • "King Kenny" = Kenny Dalglish, Scottish striker and manager
  • "King Kong" = Giorgio Chiellini, Italian defender[113]
  • "Kun" = Sergio Agüero, Argentine striker[114]
  • "Kuningas" (Finnish for "The King") = Jari Litmanen

L[edit]

  • "Landycakes" = Landon Donovan, American midfielder[115][116]
  • "The Lebanese Messi" = Hassan Maatouk, Lebanese forward.[117][118]
  • "The Little General" = Dick Advocaat, Dutch manager[119]
  • "The Little Prince" = Antoine Griezmann, French forward[120]
  • "Lord Bendtner" = Nicklas Bendtner, Danish striker[121]
  • "Lorenzo Il Magnifico" (Italian for "Lorenzo The Magnificent")
    • Lorenzo Buffon, Italian goalkeeper[122]
    • Lorenzo Insigne, Italian forward[123]
  • "Los" (Russian for "Moose") = Dmitri Loskov, Russian midfielder[124]

M[edit]

  • "El Mazinger" = Román Torres, Panamanian defender[125]
  • "Magic Box" = Gianfranco Zola, Italian forward[126]
  • "Magic Dwarf" = Philipp Lahm, German defender[127][128][129]
  • "O Mágico" (Portuguese for "The Magic"), "The Little Magician" = Philippe Coutinho, Brazilian midfielder
  • "El Mago de Osijek" (Spanish for "The Wizard of Osijek"), "Šukerman" = Davor Šuker, Croatian footballer
  • "Il Mago" (Italian for "The Wizard") = Helenio Herrera, Argentine defender and manager[130]
  • "Mary Poppins" = Alan Shearer, English striker[131] (given as an insult by two Newcastle United executives during a candid interview with a journalist)
  • "Mr Wembley" (Nickname given for scoring the winning goal in 2013 UEFA Champions League Final for FC Bayern Munich in Wembley Stadium), "Der Mann aus Glas" (German for "The Man of Glass", in reference to his susceptibility to injury) = Arjen Robben, Dutch midfielder,
  • "El Matador" (Spanish for "The Bull Fighter")
    • Edinson Cavani, Uruguayan striker[132]
    • Marcelo Salas, Chilean striker[133]
  • "Matrix" = Marco Materazzi, Italian defender[134]
  • "Merlin", "El Mago" (Spanish for 'The Magician') = David Silva, Spanish midfielder[135]
  • "Mini-Mourinho" (Nickname given during his time as an assistant coach by Tim Wiese after the famous football manager José Mourinho) = Julian Nagelsmann, German football manager[136]
  • "Miracle Worker" = Bora Milutinović, Serbian football soccer trainer[137] (for his achievement of taking four different modest teams beyond the first round in four different World Cup finals)
  • "Moni" = Hassan Chaito, Lebanese midfielder.[138]
  • "The Mosquito" = Roberto Anzolin, Italian goalkeeper[139]
  • "The Mountain" = Mehdi Khalil, Lebanese goalkeeper.[140]
  • "A Muralha Azul" (Portuguese for "The Blue Wall") = Dida, Brazilian goalkeeper[141]
  • "Myggen" (Norwegian for mosquito) = Erik Mykland, Norwegian midfielder

N[edit]

  • "Nacho" = Ignacio González, Uruguayan footballer[142]
  • "Nacka", "The waving corn cob" = Lennart Skoglund, Swedish striker
  • "Ninja" = Radja Nainggolan, Belgian midfielder[143]
  • "El Niño" (Spanish for "The Child") = Fernando Torres, Spanish striker[144]
  • "The Non-Flying Dutchman" = Dennis Bergkamp, Dutch striker (due to his fear of flying)[145]
  • "The Normal One" (Nickname given for asking how would he describe himself in his first press conference for Liverpool FC) = Jürgen Klopp, German football manager[146]
  • "Nura" = Georgi Nurov, Russian striker[147]

O[edit]

  • "The Octopus"
    • Mohamed Sissoko, Malian midfielder[148]
    • Tom Starke, German goalkeeper[149]
  • "One Size" = Fitz Hall
  • "Osram" (Nickname given for when his face gets redden, in reference to a German lighting manufacturer). = Jupp Heynckes, German football manager[150]

P[edit]

  • "Pablito", "Torero" (Spanish for "Bull fighter") = Paolo Rossi, Italian striker[151]
  • "El Papu", Alejandro Dario Gomez, Argentinian striker or midfielder
  • "Paras" (Nickname given after the name of a Pokémon) = Keylor Navas, Costa Rican goalkeeper[152]
  • "El Paròn" (Triestin for "The Master") = Nereo Rocco, Italian footballer and manager[153]
  • "Penna Bianca" (Italian for "The White Feather") = Fabrizio Ravanelli, Italian striker[154][155]
  • "Pepito" = Giuseppe Rossi, Italian striker[156]
  • "Das Phantom" (German for 'The Phantom'. Nickname given for abilities of scoring goals) = Roy Makaay, Dutch striker[157]
  • "El Pibe de la Pensión" (Spanish for "The Kid from the Boarding House") = Paulo Dybala, Argentine forward[158]
  • "El Pipita" = Gonzalo Higuaín, Argentine striker[159]
  • "El Polaco" (Spanish for "The Pole"), "Valdanito" = Hernán Crespo, Argentine striker[160][161]
  • "Il Polpo Paul" (Italian for "Paul The Octopus"), "Pogboom" = Paul Pogba, French midfielder[162][163]
  • "El Pistolero" (Spanish for "The Gunfighter")
    • Luis Suárez, Uruguayan striker[164]
    • Hristo Stoichkov, Bulgarian forward
  • "El Pibe de Bari" (Spanish for "The Kid from Bari"), "Il Gioiello di Bari Vecchia" (Italian for "The Jewel of Old Bari"), "Fantantonio" = Antonio Cassano, Italian forward[165][166]
  • "El Pibe de Oro" = (The Golden Kid) Diego Maradona, Argentine forward or midfielder[167]
  • "El Pibe" = (The Kid) Carlos Alberto Valderrama, Colombian midfielder
  • "Pinturicchio", = Alessandro Del Piero, Italian forward[168]
  • "The Pitbull", "The Piranha", "Tubarão" (Portuguese for "The Shark") = Edgar Davids, Dutch midfielder[169][170][171]
  • "El Pocho" (Spanish for "The Chubby One") = Ezequiel Lavezzi, Argentine winger[172]
  • "Poldi" = Lukas Podolski, German midfielder/striker[173]
  • "The Black Pearl" (Pérola Negra), "The King of Football" (O Rei do Futebol), "The King" (O Rei) = Pelé, Brazilian striker[174]
  • "Le Président" (French for "The President") = Laurent Blanc, French defender[175][176]
  • "El Príncipe" (Spanish for "The Prince")
    • Enzo Francescoli (also "El Flaco", Spanish for "The Skinny One"), Uruguayan midfielder[177]
    • Diego Milito, Argentine striker[178]
  • "El Principito" (Spanish for "The Little Prince") = Lucas Biglia, Argentine midfielder[179]
  • "Il Principe" (Italian for "The Prince") = Giuseppe Giannini, Italian midfielder[180]
  • "Il Principino"/"Il Piccolo Principe" (Italian for "The Little Prince")
    • Alberto Aquilani, Italian midfielder[181][182]
    • Claudio Marchisio, Italian midfielder[183]
    • Miralem Pjanić, Bosnian midfielder[184][185]
  • "Il Professore" (Italian for "The Professor")
    • Gunnar Gren, Swedish striker when playing for A.C. Milan
    • Clarence Seedorf, Dutch midfielder[186]
    • Mauro Tassotti, Italian defender[187]
  • "The Prophet of Fusignano" = Arrigo Sacchi, Italian manager[188]
  • "Providenza" (Italian for Providence), "San Massaro" = Daniele Massaro, Italian forward or midfielder[189]
  • "La Pulga" (Spanish. "The Flea"[190]) = Lionel Messi, Argentine forward
  • "Pumpkin Head" (Given because of his large head and ferocious heading ability) = Tim Cahill, Australian Forward[191]

Q[edit]

R[edit]

  • "Der Raumdeuter" (German for "Space interpreter") = Thomas Müller, German forward[192]
  • "Rey Arturo" (Spanish for "King Arthur"), "Il Guerriero" (Italian for "The Warrior"), "La Piranha" (Spanish for "The Piranha") = Arturo Vidal, Chilean midfielder[193][194]
  • "Rizzi-gol" = Ruggiero Rizzitelli, Italian striker[195][196]
  • "La Roccia" (Italian for "The Rock")
    • Andrea Barzagli, Italian defender[197]
    • Tarcisio Burgnich, Italian defender[198]
  • "Le Roi" (French for "The King") = Michel Platini, French midfielder[199]
  • "Rolls Reus" (Nickname given for his name similar to car manufacturer Rolls Royce) = Marco Reus, German winger[200]
  • "Rombo di Tuono" (Italian for "Roar of Thunder") = Luigi Riva, Italian striker[201]
  • "Royce The Voice" = Simon Royce, English goalkeeper[202]
  • "Roycey" = Simon Royce, English goalkeeper[203]
  • "The Ruud Devil", "Van the Man", "Van Gol" = Ruud van Nistelrooy, Dutch striker

S[edit]

  • "La Saeta Rubia" (Spanish for "The Blonde Arrow") = Alfredo Di Stéfano, Argentine striker
  • "San Iker" (Spanish for "Saint Iker") = Iker Casillas, Spanish goalkeeper[204]
  • "Scarface" (Nickname given after a scar on his face which he got after the car accident when he aged two year old) = Franck Ribery, French winger[205]
  • "Schnapper", "Sweeper-Keeper" (Name given for his brilliant performance against Algeria in 2014 FIFA World Cup) = Manuel Neuer, German goalkeeper[citation needed]
  • "El Scorpion" = René Higuita, Colombian goalkeeper (named after his infamous goal save against England during a friendly match)[206]
  • "Il Sergente" (Italian for "The sergeant") Sergej Milinkovich-Savic, Serbian midfielder.
  • "Shibriko" = Hassan Chaito, Lebanese full-back.[138]
  • "Sikkimese Sniper" = Baichung Bhutia, Indian football striker[207][208]
  • "The Škrtelator", "The Terminator" = Martin Škrtel, Slovakian defender
  • "The Special One" = José Mourinho, Portuguese football manager[209] (Nickname given to him by the media for his infamous press conference comment)
  • "São Marcos" (literally St. Mark) = Marcos Roberto Silveira Reis, Brazilian goalkeeper[210]
  • "Sonaldo" (Nickname given by his Bayer Leverkusen teammates) = Son Heung-min, South Korean forward[211]
  • "Spillo" (Italian for "Needle") = Alessandro Altobelli, Italian striker[212]
  • "Le Sulk" = Nicolas Anelka, French striker[99]
  • "Superman" = Gianluigi Buffon, Italian goalkeeper[213][214][215]
  • "Super Mario"
    • Mario Balotelli, Italian striker
    • Mario Basler, German midfielder
  • "Superpippo" (Italian for "Super Goof") = Filippo Inzaghi, Italian striker[216]
  • "The Swan of Utrecht" = Marco van Basten, Dutch striker[217]

T[edit]

  • "Tabello" = Muhieddine Itani, Lebanese full-back[218]
  • "Der Tiger" (German for 'The Tiger') = Stefan Effenberg, German midfielder[219]
  • "El Tigre" (Spanish for "The Tiger") = Radamel Falcao, Colombian striker[220][221]
  • "The Tinkerman", "The Tinkerer" = Claudio Ranieri, Italian football manager (given by the British press during his time at Chelsea)[222][223]
  • "Tiny Tim" (Nickname given by Everton fans after the Charles Dickens character for being slightly short and slim) = Tim Cahill, Australian forward[224]
  • "Tisha" = Andrey Tikhonov, Russian midfielder[225]
  • "Tit" = Yegor Titov, Russian midfielder[226]
  • "El Tractor" (Spanish for "The Tractor") = Javier Zanetti, Argentine defender[1]
  • "Trigger" = Nicky Southall, English footballer[227]
  • "Tsar Hiddink" = Guus Hiddink, Dutch football manager[11]
  • "Tulip" = Danny Cullip, English footballer[228]
  • "El Tuna" (Spanish for 'The Prickly Pear') = Bruno Fornaroli, Uruguayan Striker[229]

U[edit]

  • "Uncle Kel" = Kelechi Iheanacho, Nigerian forward[230]

V[edit]

  • "Vecio" (Venetian for "Old Man") = Enzo Bearzot, Italian footballer and manager[231]
  • "Vento dell'Est" (Italian for "Eastern Wind") = Andriy Shevchenko, Ukrainian striker

W[edit]

  • "The Wall"
    • Andrea Barzagli, Italian defender[232]
    • Gianluca Pagliuca, Italian goalkeeper[233]
    • Walter Samuel, Argentine defender[234]
  • "The Warrior"
    • Gary Medel, Chilean midfielder[235]
    • Felipe Melo, Brazilian midfielder[235]
  • "The Washing Machine" = Tiago Mendes, Portuguese midfielder[148]
  • "The Water Carrier" = Didier Deschamps, French midfielder.[236]
  • "Wazza", "The Wonder Boy", "Shrek" = Wayne Rooney, English striker[237][238]
  • "The Welsh Wizard" = Ryan Giggs, Welsh footballer
  • "Wondo" = Chris Wondolowski, American striker[239][240]

X[edit]

  • "Xhakaboom" = Granit Xhaka, Swiss midfielder[241]

Y[edit]

Z[edit]

  • "Lo Zar" (Italian for "The Tsar") = Pietro Vierchowod, Italian defender[242]
  • "Lo Zio" (Italian for "The Uncle") = Giuseppe Bergomi, Italian defender[1]
  • "Zizou" = Zinedine Zidane, French midfielder

Collective[edit]

  • "BBC"
    • Juventus's defensive trio, made up of Andrea Barzagli, Leonardo Bonucci, and Giorgio Chiellini[243]
    • Real Madrid's attacking trio, made up of Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema, and Cristiano Ronaldo[244]
  • "Gre-No-Li" = Milan's Swedish trio made up of Gunnar Gren, Gunnar Nordahl, and Nils Liedholm
  • "Ma-Gi-Ca" = Napoli's attacking trio during the late 1980s, made up of Diego Maradona, Bruno Giordano, and Careca[245]
  • "MSN" = Barcelona's attacking trio, made up of Lionel Messi, Luis Suárez, and Neymar[246][247]
  • "S.A.S."
    • Alan Shearer and Teddy Sheringham, when they played up front for England together[248]
    • Luis Suárez and Daniel Sturridge, when the player up front for Liverpool
  • "The Three Degrees" = Laurie Cunningham, Brendon Batson and Cyrille Regis (a name given to them in the late 1970s by then-manager of West Bromwich Albion, Ron Atkinson when they played under him. Atkinson named them after the African American female soul group of the same name in reference to their Black heritage)

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

References[edit]

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