Why Many Brazilian Footballers Are Addressed By Just One Name

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Brazil has produced so many great football players over the past 100 years. Some great football players have played for Brazil at international level. The likes of Ronaldinho and Pele have represented the Brazilian national team. This is why Brazil have won the FIFA World Cup title on five different occasions.

However, it has been observed that many Brazilian football players use their nicknames on the field of play. Some of these players have also decided to use only one name on the field of play. Players like Neymar and Cafu are addressed by just one name. Let us find out why many Brazilian football players are addressed by just one name.

1. The length of Brazilian names

Native names in Brazil are usually very long. This is the main reason why some Brazilian players are known by just one name. It is also important to point out that most people in Brazil have at least four or five names. For instance, Neymar's real name is Neymar da Silva Santos Junior. This is why the PSG star is simply known as Neymar.

2. Brazilians football players like using nicknames

Many Brazilian football players use their nicknames on the field of play. For instance, Fred's real name is Frederico Rodrigues de Paula Santos. He currently plays for Manchester United in the English Premier League. Other Brazilian players like Robinho and Cafu use their nicknames.

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