From Cristiano Ronaldo, Diego Costa, to Lionel Messi and Ronaldinho, there is a story behind the footballers’ greats names. Have a quick read of these footballers’ names meaning.

5. Cristiano Ronaldo

The name “Ronaldo” was chosen after then-U.S. president Ronald Reagan. The Portugal captain was born on February 5, 1985, just a month after actor-turned-politician Reagan had been sworn in for his second term in the White House.

4. Diego Costa

Costa was born in Lagarto, Sergipe, Brazil, to parents José de Jesus and Josileide. His father had a strange way to name his kids.  He named him in honour of Argentine footballer Diego Maradona despite the rivalry between the two nations, and his elder brother named Jair after Brazilian player Jairzinho.

3. Ronaldinho

Originally Ronaldo de Assis Moreira, the maestro’s football skills began to blossom at the age of eight, and he was first given the nickname “Ronaldinho” because he was often the youngest and the smallest player in youth club matches.

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