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One of the most commonly used nicknames in Brazilian football is that of Alexandre Pato or "Alex the Duck."
Plenty of players in Brazil, as is to be expected, have drawn nicknames, but most do not evolve to form part of their common names; rather, they are alternatives for media consumption.
Others, such as Vasco icon Eduardo, are simply given nicknames due to their attitudes and behaviours. Claudio Pitbull (pictured) is another whose name perhaps gives more away about his personality than anything.
There is a Yuri Mamute—or "Yuri Mammoth," to English speakers—in current Brasileiro action, while Coelho ("Rabbit") is not only a common surname but also the nickname of the America-MG club.
Given that their local rivals Cruzeiro and Atletico-MG are nicknamed "The Fox" and "The Rooster," respectively, a pecking order can be established.
Then, we come to cartoon animals, such as Paysandu's Yago Pikachu, so called in honour of Pokemon's electric mouse.
Frankly, it is a shame there are not more such names floating around in Brazilian football's diverse and frequently wacky world.