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The real story behind Diogo Jota’s name change and the fascinating reason the Liverpool star was known as ‘Silva’ at Wolves


Diogo Jota is a name on everyone’s lips for Liverpool fans right now.

But what many fans may not realize is that Jota, as he is now almost universally known, is actually just a childhood nickname.

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Jota has been in fine form for Liverpool again this season

The Portuguese striker was named the Premier League’s best centre-forward earlier this season due to his stunning form.

The 25-year-old is currently second in the English top-flight goalscoring charts, behind team-mate Mohamed Salah.

The Liverpool No.20 has proven to be a revelation since his £41m move from Wolves in September 2020.

But interestingly, the name Jota, although still present on all kits since his arrival at Anfield, was not always adorned on the back of his shirt at Molineux.

So where did it come from and why did it change it? talkSPORT.com has everything you need to know…


The real story behind Diogo Jota’s name change and the fascinating reason the Liverpool star was known as ‘Silva’ at Wolves

Jota is actually a nickname with his Wolves shirt closer to his real name

Why is he called Jota?

He was actually born Diogo Jose Teixeira da Silva but reportedly chose to go through ‘Diogo J’ as a youngster to differentiate himself from the other Diogos and Silvas at his youth academy.

For example, his brother Andre, currently at Gondomar, has retained the surname and could easily be confused with RB Leipzig striker Andre Silva.

The name Jota is simply the Portuguese pronunciation of the letter J.

The language uses a hard J, which is slightly different from Spanish dialects which would pronounce such a name ‘Hota’ instead – as was the case with former Aston Villa midfielder Jota!

The real story behind Diogo Jota’s name change and the fascinating reason the Liverpool star was known as ‘Silva’ at Wolves

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Diogo Jota has become a household name since joining Liverpool from Wolves

When did he change it?

The forward started his career with Portuguese side Pacos de Ferreira before being signed by Atletico Madrid in 2016.

He spent the 2016/17 campaign on loan at Porto under Nuno Espirito Santo before following his compatriot to Wolves the following season.

At the time, the West Midlanders were in the Championship and EFL regulations meant players had to wear their surname on their shirts.

This meant that Jota briefly spent a term with Silva on his back before returning to ‘Diogo J.’ when Wolves returned to the Premier League in 2018.

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