Fabinho explains his name and how football coach came to give him iconic moniker

Liverpool midfielder Fabinho has revealed the reason behind his name that has stuck with him since breaking through at Fluminense.

Fábio Henrique Tavares, also known as Fabinho, like many other Brazilian and players of South American descent play under a moniker.

The 29-year-old joined Liverpool in 2018 from Monaco but in a recent interview he revealed that his name dates back to when he was breaking into the senior squad at Fluminense in Brazil.

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Fabinho revealed the origin behind his nickname to The Players’ Tribune as he recalled the first and only time he was selected for a first team game at Fluminense, saying: “By the way — I have Fluminense to thank for my name.

“In the Under 20s there were two Fabios. Me and Fabio Braga. So one day our coach, Marcelo Veiga, says, “Every time I call Fabio, you both look round, so from now on you are Fabinho!” And that was it. From that moment on, I became Fabinho!

“When I saw that first shirt with my name and number printed on it, I was like – woah, this is crazy. To me, it didn’t matter if I got on the pitch or not. At that moment, I was a professional footballer. No one could take it away from me.

“In the end, I stayed on the bench for the entire game, but if you watch the highlights back on YouTube, the camera pans across the bench and catches me celebrating our goal — that’s my whole Fluminense first-team career right there in that one second haha!”

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Fabinho failed to appear for his boyhood club before he was sold to Portuguese side Rio Ave in 2012, also failing to make an appearance as he was signed by Real Madrid after enjoying a successful loan spell in their Castilla side.

The 29-time Selecao ace moved to Monaco where he caught the eye of Jurgen Klopp after winning Ligue 1 and reaching the Champions League semi-finals in 2017 with the principality side.

Fabinho has since lifted every trophy on offer at Anfield after making the holding midfield role his own in Merseyside.

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