“My name is not Fabinho” – Liverpool Star Reveals The Story Behind His Shirt Name. Liverpool and Brazil midfielder Fabinho has admitted that the name on the back of his jersey isn’t his true name.
Although everyone in the footballing community refers to the Brazilian player as “Fabinho,” his official name is Fabio Henrique Tavares. The same name will appear on his Brazil shirt for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
He said in an interview with Sky Sports that his mother had given her blessing to the name change. He stated (through the club’s official website): “My name is not Fabinho. My name is Fabio – Fabio Tavares – but in Brazil we put ‘inho’ in every name, so they started to call me Fabinho and until today I’m Fabinho.”
The former Real Madrid player added: “I asked my mum when I started my career what she preferred – Fabinho or Fabio – and she said Fabinho, so I stayed with Fabinho.”
Footballers frequently have shorter names, particularly those who come from the football-obsessed streets of South America. After all, it’s difficult to think of a real-life football player by the name of “Hulk.”
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Givanildo Vieira de Sousa was given the name because of his likeness to the 1970s television character The Incredible Hulk, played by actor Lou Ferrigno. Another such example is Ricardo Izecson dos Santos Leite, also known as “Kaka.” Undoubtedly, the nickname “Fabinho” only refers to Liverpool’s No. 3 player. His choice to end his name with “-inho” appears to have been wise.
He hasn’t been in the best of form this season for Liverpool, though. After being included in manager Tite’s 26-man Brazil squad for Qatar, he will look to make amends in the upcoming weeks.