A name defines who you are and can differentiate one person from another. Sometimes footballers change their names for the sake of fame or something more memorable. Some go on to become famous under the names which are not theirs. Today, we will take a look at the top 5 footballers you may not recognise by their real names.
6. Jorginho – Jorge Luiz Frello Filho
Most of the time, Brazilians like to modify their actual names by adding the suffix “NHO”. The same case must have been applied on Jorginho. His real name is Jorge Luiz Frello Filho, but he is best known as Jorginho.
5. Kaka – Ricardo Izecson dos Santos Leite
Once the world’s second most expensive player, Kaka was the last player to win a Ballon d’Or before Messi-Cristiano era. The Brazilian became famous under a nickname “Kaka” but his real name is Ricardo Izecson dos Santos Leite. He got the nickname from his brother who struggled to pronounce Ricardo. It led him to choose a nickname that has defined him.
4. Pepe – Kepler Laveran Lima Ferreira
Pepe is a brute of a defender with aggressive challenges and obnoxious behaviours on the pitch. His actual real name is Kepler Laveran Lima Ferreira. Pepe’s father and coach struggled to pronounce his name leading to the adoption of Pepe.