Football’s funniest nicknames including ‘Peaky Jack’ Grealish and Ginger Pirlo

Over the years, some of football's finest players have been branded with some brilliant nicknames, but Jack Grealish's new moniker is going to take some beating.

The Manchester City man has been hilariously dubbed 'Peaky Jack' for his antics in the Atletico Madrid melee on Wednesday night. The £100million midfielder was embroiled in several heated exchanges with former City defender Stefan Savic as tempers boiled over at the Wanda Metropolitano – one week on from the pair's first fracas.

Grealish first had his hair pulled by the Serb amid an almighty brawl, before Savic sought the England star out in the tunnel as their clash continued. Following the unsavoury episode, Grealish's City comrades have christened the Brummie baller 'Peaky Jack' in reference to the Birmingham-based hit TV series Peaky Blinders.

But Grealish isn't the only one to have adopt a laughable new label. By order of Daily Star Sport, here are some of the beautiful game's other bold and brilliant nicknames…

Ben White – Love Island Maldini

With a permanent tan, trendy tattoos and chiselled jaw-line, Arsenal's Ben White looks more akin to a contestant from Love Island as opposed to a battling brute of a defender. Hence where this nickname stemmed from.

Impressive performances in the Premier League in recent seasons have seen the 24-year-old rewarded with England caps as Arsenal fans have taken to social media en masse to liken him to iconic Italian defender Paolo Maldini. The Gunners clearly thought White was their type on paper, paying out £50m to snap up the stylish centre-back last summer.

Chris Smalling – Smaldini

White isn't the only one to have drawn comparisons to the legendary AC Milan star. Former Manchester United defender Chris Smalling has affectionally been dubbed 'Smaldini' following his displays in Italy for Serie A side Roma.

Surely the fact the Englishman is playing in Maldini's country of birth means he has a greater claim to the comparison? It certainly beats 'Mike' – the nickname he famously earned at Old Trafford after Louis van Gaal got himself in muddle during a memorable press conference.

John Stones – Barnsley Beckenbauer

Grealish isn't the only City star to have earned a hilarious handle. Pep Guardiola's side also boast the 'Stockport Iniesta' in Phil Foden as well as the 'Barnsley Beckenbauer' in John Stones.

The centre-back was given the high recognition after his manager used him in a midfield role in 2018, emulating the versatility that Beckenbauer was famous for possessing. Bravo!

Jack Colback – Ginger Pirlo

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Back in August 2014, Jack Colback a string of impressive performances for Newcastle saw the midfielder earned his first and only call-up to the England squad. And it was, in fact, Three Lions manager Roy Hodgson who shared Colback's new tag with the world.

He revealed: "Someone who knows him very well called Jack the 'ginger Pirlo' – let's hope that becomes true." The less said about that the better…

Declan Rice – Basmati Busquets

Not only is Declan Rice one of the Premier League's most highly-rated players, but he's also the owner of one of the league's greatest nicknames. And we have West Ham fans to thank for this one.

The versatile midfield has drawn comparisons to Barcelona's Sergio Busquets and with basmati being a type of rice, the alliterative nickname is simply brilliant. It's no surprise he's the staple in David Moyes' side.

Steve Sidwell – Ginger Iniesta

Former Premier League midfielder Steve Sidwell admitted to being "embarassed" to earn comparisons to Spain legend Andres Iniesta, but enjoyed the chant Fulham fans created from it nonetheless.

He told the club website: "The first time I heard it I was thinking, ‘what are they singing here? Are they actually comparing me to Andres Iniesta, because I'm more about going round smashing people up in the air!"

Jon Flanagan – Scouse Cafu

Before the days of Trent Alexander-Arnold, Jon Flanagan was Liverpool's great hope at right-back. The Anfield faithful affectionately awarded him the nickname of the 'Scouse Cafu' and, though he spectacularly failed to live up to his namesake, he did get to meet him.

"I paid him a visit not long ago," the Brazilian legend said. "We had lunch and took some pictures together. He is very fit and has everything required to be one of the best full-backs in the world."

Sean Dyche – Ginger Mourinho

Having guided Burnley to the Premier League on two occasions, Sean Dyche is so revered by Clarets fans that he's even had a local pub named after him. Not only that, but the Burnley boss has been likened to legendary manager Jose Mourinho.

The deep-voiced Dyche once droned: "I buzz off it! No, it's a bit of fun. They've called me some other names, too! It's a nice connection I have with the fans."

Joe Allen – Welsh Xavi

While most nicknames are awarded to footballers by their respective clubs fans, it was in fact Brendan Rodgers who branded Joe Allen the 'Welsh Xavi'. The former Swansea midfielder was compared to the Spanish playmaker during their time together at Liverpool.

Discussing the title back in 2016, Allen said: “I had the Welsh Xavi tag for a while and that didn’t really do me too many favours, so I’m trying to steer myself away from the new one too.”

Nat Phillips – Bolton Baresi

Liverpool's Premier League title-defence was left in tatters last season as numerous injuries crippled their campaign. With the likes of Virgil van Dijk, Joel Matip and Joe Gomez all spending stints on the sidelines, Jurgen Klopp threw Nat Phillips into the fold.

And the defender seized his chance. The centre-back was blessed the 'Bolton Baresi' following several stellar performances, include one in the San Siro earlier this season – AC Milan legend Franco Baresi's own back-yard!

James Collins – Ginger Pele

The fourth and final ginger on the list is that of West Ham cult hero James Collins. The Welshman spent over ten seasons in claret and blue across two spells in West London, where he won over the hearts of Hammers' supporters.

Despite playing in defence, Collins was christened the 'Ginger Pele' as a nod to the Brazilian icon considered one of the greatest to have ever played the game. There's certainly an element of tongue and cheek to this one.

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