Some athlete’s names hint at greatness before they’ve ever performed, whilst others never fail to raise a smile. Here’s my selection of some of the most wonderfully-monikered athletes:
|George Best - one of the best!|
George Best – As one of the greatest footballers of all time, the former-Manchester United winger certainly lived up to his name on the pitch.
Steele Sidebottom – Collingwood’s half-forward deservedly won the ‘Name of the Year’ award in 2010.
Daniele ‘Danny’ Invincible – Mr. Invicible’s career never quite matched his name, with the journeyman Australian footballer now plying his trade in the Thai Premier League.
Zinedine Zidane – With a name like his, Zidane couldn’t have been an average footballer… and thankfully he wasn’t.
Picabo Street – A personal favourite of mine, Picabo was an American skier whose name means “shining waters”.
Usain Bolt – The fastest man on earth has been given the appropriate nickname of “lightning”. Expect more lightning quick performances from Bolt in the Olympics this summer.
Jharal Yow Yeh – The Brisbane Bronco’s rugby league star has one of the best names in Australian sport, creating headlines such as “Wow wee, Yow Yeh”
Do you have any favourite names from sports, or elsewhere? And do you think having an unusual name can inspire a child to greatness, or does it do more damage than good?