Nicknames are a common feature of any World Cup.
Most of Brazil’s players are more commonly known by their nicknames.
Just think of the Little Bird, Garrincha, or Edison Arantes do Nascimento—better known as Pelé.
But other countries have contributed as well, from Hungary’s Galloping Major (Ferenc Puskas) to Italy’s Divine Ponytail (Roberto Baggio).
At every World Cup, there will be at least one El Loco featured amongst the South American teams—this year, the title is held by Uruguay’s Sebastian Aberu.
We rank our top 10 nicknames for players and coaches competing in this year’s World Cup.
Feel free to tell us your favorites in the Comments section below.