Fernando reveals origin of ‘Octopus’ nickname; Rooney and Ronaldo the reasons

Manchester City’s new signing has opened up on his nickname that he got at Porto.

New Manchester City signing Fernando has opened up on the secret behind the nickname he got at Porto.

The Brazilian is referred to as ‘The Octopus’ due to his ability to make a large number of tackles during a game, but which match did the name originate from?

According to Fernando, it was against Manchester United in the Champions League back in 2009, where his dominant display against the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo saw him earn a lot of praise.

The 27-year-old has become used to his ‘Octopus’ nickname, and reveals that he enjoys preventing goals as much as a striker would scoring them.

"The fans started the name because I stole so many balls from Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney," he said, according to the Manchester Evening News.

"They said it was like I had so many legs. Octopus has stuck ever since. I don’t mind, I get the same thrill from stopping a goal as strikers do from scoring."

Fernando is one of several midfielders at the Etihad Stadium, however, and faces stiff competition for a place in the side. Last season saw Yaya Toure and Fernandinho occupy the central midfield positions, with the likes of Javi Garcia and James Milner playing back-up.

Frank Lampard will also add to Manuel Pellegrini’s options for the new season, after it was confirmed that he would join the club on loan from New York City FC until January.

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