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Friday 22 August 2014

The cruellest nicknames in sport, from Maradona to Crouch

The Sherminator (Ian Bell)
Australian spinner Shane Warne mocked Bell in the 2005 Ashes series, comparing him to The Sherminator from the American Pie movies.
Mrs. Doubtfire (Colin Montgomerie)
Colin Montgomerie was long the subject of cruel mockery from American fans who took his weight and his Scottishness and came up with 'Mrs Doubtfire', after the cross-dressing nanny in the Robin Williams film. Monty gained his ample revenge with his Ryder Cup record.
The King of Spain (Ashley Giles)
In his testimonial year at Warwickshire in 2000, the England spinner had mugs printed King of Spin. A printing error had the original emerge as King of Spain in the Ashes series of 2005, England fans sang Viva Espana in his honour.

Some of the cruellest - and funniest - nicknames given to sports stars.

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Source: Independent

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