MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - AUGUST 28:  Nani of Manchester United celebrates after scoring his side's fifth goal with team mate Javier Hernandez during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Arsenal at Old Trafford on August 28, 2011 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

6 Players That Have Us Questioning the Nicknames They Sport On Their Match Day Shirts - Explained

More and more players are opting for their first name on the back of their shirt, including Dele Alli, Jordon Ibe, Memphis Depay and Wilfried Bony - alongside the majority of Brazilians in world football.

But sometimes players decide to go for a name completely unrelated to the one given to them at birth, and somehow they get away with it.

Below are some of the biggest names that sport an unusual title across the back of their match day shirt...

1. Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez

West Ham's Mexican striker Javier Hernandez wears the name 'Chicharito' on his football shirt.


When the now 29-year-old moved to the Premier League to play for Manchester United in 2010, there was confusion as the striker was referred to as Hernandez, but sported a completely different name on his shirt.

Chicharito translates to 'little pea' in Hernandez's native Mexican Spanish. 

The striker's father was a footballer in their home country and was nicknamed 'Chicharo', which translates to 'the pea', because of his green eyes. When Hernandez started to play he was then given the nickname 'little pea' in honour of his father. 

And as the striker had been allowed to use the name when he started his career at Guadalajara, in Mexico, the English football league allowed him to do the same.

2. Sergio 'Kun' Aguero

Manchester City and Argentinian striker Sergio Aguero has explained that 'Kun' is a nickname given to him by his grandfather.

According to his parents, Aguero watched a Japanese cartoon when he was very young and the main character was called 'Kum Kum'. When his Grandpa would try to teach him new words all he would would say is 'Kun' and that is how he adopted the nickname.

The Man City star chose to put the name on his shirt as it has stuck with him and he has grown to like it. The stiker was allowed to use his nickname at Atletcio Madrid so the Premier League cleared it too.

3. Luís Carlos 'Nani' Almeida da Cunha

Portuguese international Nani is a player that is known by his nickname, and not many people are aware that his real name is Luis Carlos Almeida da Cunha. 

The former Machester United star was given his nickname by one of his siblings. 

The winger, currently on loan at Lazio from Valencia, revelaed that his older sister used to take care of him when he was a baby and she started to call him 'Nani' as she thought it was cute. 

And the name has stuck with him forever.

4. Alexandre 'Pato' Rodrigues da Silva

Former AC Milan forward Pato is actually called Alexandre Rodrigues da Silva. 

The Brazilian, currently playing in China, has seemingly not revealed the reasoning behind his nickname. 

While 'Pato' translates to duck, his nickname is more likely to come from the area in Sao Paulo, Brazil, where he is from. The 28-year-old, who spent time at Chelsea, is from Pato Branco, Parana. 

Pato grew up in poverty and left home at 11-years-old after being spotted by Brazilian side Internacional, as it would offer him his only hope of helping his family. 

5. Givanildo 'Hulk' Vieira de Sousa

Brazilians often don't wear their surname on their shirt, usually opting for their first name instead. Marcelo, Willian and Neymar are examples of this.

However, Givanildo Vieira de Sousa chose to wear 'Hulk' on the back of his shirt, and that is the name he is known by in football. 

While most people can guess where the nickname orginates from, the 31-year-old forward has revealed how he adopted the name. 

Hulk, best known for his time at Porto and Zenit St Petersburg, said that he and his father were big fans of the fictional superhero. His father gave him the nickname 'Hulk', using it as an affectionate term. Everybody else started to call him Hulk too, and it stuck.

6. Christian 'Chucho' Benítez

The late Christian Benitez wore the name 'Chucho' on his football shirt.

Chucho seems an unusual nickname to embrace, as it translates as 'pesky dog' in Benitez's native Ecuador - although the term is apparently used affectionately amongst South Americans when referring to a small dog.

The striker, who tragically passed away at 27, was popularly known by his nickname 'Chucho'. 

How he was given the name has not been revealed but, at 5ft 6in, he may have adopted the term because of his small stature. The Ecuador international, who spent time at Birmingham City, always wore the nickname on the back of his shirt and was referred to as Chucho by his teammates.