Top 27 Football Players Who Don’t Go By Their Birth Names

Top 27 Football Players Who Don’t Go By Their Birth Names

In the world of sport, football is unarguably one of the most popular sports in the world right now. Football being a lucrative business, many football players have made a lot of money over the past ten years. The reason for this is because many people watch football from all over the world.

Top 27 Football Players Who Don't Go By Their Birth Names

It will be important to note that names are means of identity, but sometimes footballers take matters into their own hands by changing their names to something more memorable.

In the world of football, many figures even choose to go by relatively shorter names to make it easier for people all over the world to remember them. Louis van Gaal’s actual name, for instance, is Aloysius Paulus Maria- van Gaal. And we also have a certain Brazilian football legend Ronaldinho Gaucho was born Ronaldo de Assis Moreira.

Top 27 Football Players Who Don’t Go By Their Birth Names

1. Pele

The Brazilian living legend is said to be one of the greatest football players in history. Pele is one of the players who won the FIFA World Cup on three occasions during his professional football career. So many fans offootball  do not know that his real name is Edson Arantes do Nascimento.

2. Isco

Isco has played for the La Liga giants, Real Madrid and Valencia during his professional football career. As a matter of fact, he is one of the most popular players in Spanish football. The Spanish international’s real name is not Isco, but Francisco Roman Alarcon Suarez.

3. Pepe

The Portuguese and FC Porto star became famous when he played for Real Madrid in the Spanish first division. Pepe was part of the Portuguese squad that won the European Championship in 2016. The Portuguese central defender does not use his real name on the field of play which is Kepler Laveran de Lima Ferreira.

4. Koke

Koke is a Spanish international who has played in the Spanish league for more than ten years now. His career statistics has it that he graduated from the Atletico Madrid academy when he was a teenager. However, the name ‘Koke’ is very popular throughout the world of football. But the Spaniard’s his real name is Jorge Resurreccion Merodio.

5. Hulk

The Brazilian international arguably has one of the most interesting nicknames among present-day footballers. He is popularly known as ‘Hulk’, so much so that very few would be able to recognise him via his actual name. In this case, Hulk is very much a reference to the popular Marvel Comics character. However, the Brazilian journeyman’s real name is Givanildo Vieira de Sousa.

6. Fred

The Brazilian professional footballer ‘Fred’ plays as a midfielder for Premier League club Manchester United and the Brazil national team. However, according to research, Fred’s real mane is Frederico Rodrigues de Paula Santos.

The rest of the players are;

7. Kevin Oghenetega Tamaraebi Bakumo-Abraham

Commonly known as: Tammy Abraham
Club: Chelsea (Premier League)
Country: England

8. Aloysius Paulus Maria van Gaal

Commonly known as: Louis van Gaal
Club: Retired
Country: Netherlands

9. Pedro Miguel Carreiro Resendes

Commonly known as: Pauleta
Club: Retired
Country: Portugal

10. Socrates Brasileiro Sampaio de Souza Vieira de Oliveira

Commonly known as: Socrates
Club: Retired
Country: Brazil

11. Fernando Luiz Roza

Commonly known as: Fernandinho
Club: Manchester City (Premier League)
Country: Brazil