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The Real Slim Shady: Picking 10 of the Funniest Nicknames in World Football

Footballers typically develop nicknames based on their style of play. Marco Reus is known as 'Rolls Reus', due to his elegance on the pitch.


But sometimes nicknames have more unique origins.


Below is our top 10 funny nicknames from the world of football, enjoy!

10. Water Carrier - Didier Deschamps

Just before Manchester United's Champions League clash with Juventus in 1996, Eric Cantona took a dig at former France teammate Didier Deschamps, branding him a 'water carrier'. 


Deschamps, at 5ft 5in, has gone on to become the France national manager - Coach Klein, for those who know the 1998 Adam Sandler comedy The Waterboy.

9. Lord Bendtner - Nicklas Bendtner

Famous for his antics on and off the field at Arsenal, the nickname 'Lord Bendtner' actually comes from the time when the Dane was going out with Baroness Caroline Luel-Brockdorff, who is a member of the Danish royal family and owns Valdemars Castle, in 2009.


The nickname then stuck as a reference to the footballing ability of Bendtner, who is probably up there with one of the worst strikers in the history of the Premier League.

8. Chopper - Ron Harris

Harris spent the majority of his career playing for Chelsea back in the 1960s and 70s.. 


During that spell he was given the nickname 'Chopper' due to his aggressive tackles, and will go down as one of the hardest men in football history.

7. El Hobbit/The Hobbit - Christian Bermudez

Playing in the second division in Mexico, Christian Bermudez, at 5'3", is one of the shortest footballers in the world, so small that he is known as 'The Hobbit' or 'El Hobbit'. 


Yet the diminutive player still has 53 goals and 48 assists to his name in his club career.

6. Dragon Head - Catalin Munteanu

Former Romania midfielder Catalin Munteanu spent much of his career in Spain playing for the likes of Atletico Madrid and Albacete.


During his time at Steaua Bucharest the player was given the nickname 'Dragon Head' due to the size of his head in proportion to his body.

5. Dave - Cesar Azpilicueta

Cesar Azpilicueta moved to Chelsea back in 2012 from Marseille, and it's fair to say that not many knew who the Spaniard was, or how to pronounce his name.


So he was given the nickname 'Dave', which, unlike Azpilicueta, is one of the easier names to pronounce.


A special mention goes to Congo international Guylain Ndumbu-Nsungu, who was also given the name Dave for the same reason.

4. Dion Dublin - The Shower Clearer

During his Manchester United days Dion Dublin was named 'The Shower Clearer' due to his ability to make others in the shower feel quite inadequate.


Sir Alex Ferguson was once questioned about the situation and he replied: “Big? It isn’t big. It’s magnificent! I’ve seen some whoppers in my time, but Dion’s is something else.”


Let's just say Fergie has said everything we need to know here. 

3. Stuart Pearce - Pyscho

The nickname 'Pyscho' comes from Pearce's manic celebration during England's Euro 96 campaign and his tackles, which were nothing short of ferocious. 


One would think that retiring and becoming a manager would settle the Englishman down, but over the years we have seen him go absolutely ballistic on the touchline. Some things never change.

2. Trigger - Jason McAteer

Jason McAteer's nickname has no reference to his ability to play football, but to that of his similarity to the dimwitted character 'Trigger' from Only Fools And Horses.


There are countless examples of the stupidity of the man, but our favorite is the time he was asked at a take-away if he wanted his pizza cut into eight slices or four, and he replied “Four, I’m not that hungry.” 

1. One Size - Fitz Hall

The former QPR defender, standing at an incredible 6ft 4in, was given the nickname 'One Size' because 'One Size Fits All'.


The nickname was echoed around every stadium during his playing career and is now synonymous with the man (who happens to be wearing the perfect shirt in the picture above).