Right now, every Liverpool fan is talking about Diogo Jota.
But many of his fans may not know that the name “Jota,” which is what most people call him, is just a nickname from his youth.
Because of how well he was playing, the Portuguese forward was named the best center-forward in the Premier League earlier this season.
Right now, the 25-year-old is tied with teammate Mohamed Salah for second place in England’s top flight in terms of goals scored.
The No. 20 player for Liverpool has been great since he moved there from Wolves for £41 million in September 2020.
But it’s interesting that the name Jota wasn’t always on the back of his shirt at Molineux, even though it has been on every kit since he moved to Anfield.
Where did it come from, and why did he change it? He was born Diogo Jose Teixeira da Silva, but as a child he supposedly picked the nickname “Diogo J” to set himself apart from other kids in his youth academy with the same name.
One example is his brother Andre, who is now at Gondomar and has kept the family name. He is often mistaken for RB Leipzig star Andre Silva.
The name Jota comes from the way the letter J is pronounced in Portuguese.
The language has a hard J sound, which is a little different from Spanish, where a name like Jota would be pronounced “Hota,” as was the case with the former Aston Villa player!
The shooter started his career with Pacos de Ferreira in Portugal. In 2016, Atletico Madrid signed him.
During the 2016–17 season, he played on loan at Porto under Nuno Espirito Santo. The next season, he followed his countryman to Wolves.
The West Midlanders were in the Championship at the time, and EFL rules said that players had to wear shirts with their last names on them.
This meant that Jota had Silva on his back for a short time before going back to being called “Diogo J.” when Wolves returned to the Premier League in 2018.
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