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Why is Cristiano Ronaldo Known as C罗 in Chinese?

The 2018 FIFA World Cup is the 21st FIFA World Cup is an international football tournament (click to see Chinese characters about ball games) contested by the men’s national teams of the member associations of FIFA once every four years. It is ongoing in Russia starting from 14 June and will end with the final match on 15 July 2018, that is today. In the history of FIFA, there are lots of great football stars leaving us a deep impression like Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Neymar, Ronaldo Luiz, David Beckham, etc. As their name is too long to remember for Chinese people, we usually give them abbreviations. For example, Cristiano Ronaldo is called for short C罗, Ronaldo Luiz for 大罗, James Rodríguez for J罗, and Ronaldinho for 小罗. But do you know why they are called C罗, 大罗, J罗 and 小罗? Today we take C罗 as an example and introduce why is Cristiano Ronaldo known as C罗 in China?

Actually, Ronaldo was not called C罗 in China at first. At that time, Ronaldo Luiz (大罗) and Ronaldinho (小罗) were very famous, hence, Cristiano Ronaldo was called 小小罗 according to their reputation. With Cristiano Ronaldo becoming more and more popular, people give more eyesight on him and call him Ronaldo directly. In China, as his name is usually short for C.ronaldo, we literally translate as C罗.

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