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Ronaldo to Messi: The Meaning Behind Footballers’ Names

5. Cristiano Ronaldo

The name “Ronaldo” was chosen after then-U.S. president Ronald Reagan. The Portugal star player was born on February 5, 1985 which was just a month after Reagan had been sworn in for his second term in the office. 

4. Diego Costa

Diego Costa was born in Lagarto, Sergipe, Brazil to José de Jesus and Josileide. His father had a strange way to name his children. He named him in Diego, in honour of Argentine footballer Diego Maradona. He did this despite the immense rivalry between the two nations. His elder brother was named Jair after great Brazilian player Jairzinho.

3. Ronaldinho

Originally called Ronaldo de Assis Moreira, the magician's football skills began to blossom at the age of eight. He was given the nickname “Ronaldinho” because he was mostly the youngest and smallest player in the youth club matches.

2. Kaka

Ricardo Izecson dos Santos' brother Rodrigo and his cousin Eduardo Delani are also professional footballers. Rodrigo used to call him “Caca” due to his inability to pronounce “Ricardo” when they were young. The name eventually evolved into Kaká.

However, the word has no specific Portuguese translation.

1. Lionel Messi

There would be no Lionel Messi without Lionel Richie. Lionel Richie was quite honoured when he learnt that the football star was named in his honor.

Messi’s parents were huge Lionel Richie fans and named their son after the singer back in 1987. This was one year after Richie released his double-platinum album Dancing on the Ceiling. Awesome 

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