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Ever Wondered Why Many Brazilian Footballers Use Only One Name

In Brazil, footballers are not only exceptionally talented and gifted, but they are also very captivating in terms of their names.

For many Brazilian players, it is rare to see their real names on the back of their jerseys, let alone know their real names.

While it is easy to see players from other countries show their names on the back of their jerseys, many Brazilians prefer to have one name.

Curiously, the names they choose and print on the back of their jerseys are neither their names nor their names.

Players like Pele, Ronaldo, Kaka, Ronaldinho, Alison, Hugo, Neto, Ederson and many other Selecao players follow this path.

But have you ever wondered why most of these Brazilians have only one name?

There is no hidden cultural argument behind this choice of these Brazilian players.

However, the most logical reason for this is that most of them prefer a single name because their full name is usually complex to remember or flock on a jersey.


For example, Fred is named after Frederico Rodrigues of Paula Santos, Neymar is Neymar da Silva Santos Junior and Arthur is named Arthur Henrique Ramos of Oliveira Melo.

So because of the complexity of their names, these players usually prefer to shorten them by choosing a simple name.

But there are also those who prefer to use their pseudonyms rather than real names.

This explains why many Brazilian players have the suffix -inho to their names. Examples are Fernandinho, Jorginho, Robinho – these are all nicknames.

” Brazilian football is an international advertisement for the cordiality of Brazilian life because of the names of its players,” said Alex Bellos in the book Futebol: The Brazilian Way of Life.

“Calling someone by their first name is a demonstration of intimacy.”

But the truth is that it’s not just footballers who prefer to follow this trend, most Brazilians in general prefer to use a single name.


Written by How Africa

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