The North West’s top 5 nicknames

SportSphere’s run down of the most creative and nicknames given to the north west’s stars

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‘Chicharito’ (Javier Hernandez)

The penalty box striker (right) who excelled in Sir Alex Ferguson’s final years at Man Utd. Hernandez goes by ‘Chicharito’ – Spanish for ‘little pea’ – in honour of his father’s nickname ‘Chícharo’, or ‘pea’, given to him because of his green eyes.

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‘Duncan Disorderly’ (Duncan Ferguson)

Known for his robust temperament and aggressive playing style, ‘Big Dunc’ left his mark on defenders throughout the country. His playing career totalled nine red cards, one of which ended up in a prison sentence for assaulting Raith Rovers’ John McStay.

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‘Ibracadabra’ (Zlatan Ibrahimovic)

One to top most lists, the 35-year-old made the move to the North West in 2016, proving that age is just a number, whether scoring on his debut, chipping goalkeepers from outside the box and scoring in cup finals. It’s safe to say Ibra is a magic.

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‘One Size’ (Fitz Hall)

A simply perfect moniker for the for the former Wigan Athletic defender. Not much more needs to be said other than just take in its perfection. And there you were thinking it was something to do with the size of his feet.

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‘Chariots’ (Martin Offiah)

Footballers have dominated this list but it’s a rugby player that comes out on top. Ex-Wigan Warriors winger Martin Offiah got the nickname ‘Chariots’ due to his speed, referencing the the famous 1981 film Chariots of Fire. Sport is perfect sometimes.


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