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Football Player Changes His Name To "Goku"

Joan Román, a 27 year-old footballer formerly on the books at both Manchester City and Barcelona, has officially changed his name to Goku. Yes, like Dragon Ball.

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Goku, who currently plays in Poland for Miedź Legnica, seems to have made the change a few weeks back, but given the relative obscurity of the league he’s playing in, most folks are only finding out now following a report on Goal.

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Here’s his explanation for the move, as captured by Spanish sports site ElDesmarque:

Dude actually seems to be taking this pretty seriously, and has been using the #GOKUREBORN hashtag on all his recent posts, so maybe this is part of a motivational push to get back to the bigger European leagues he grew up in, before a recent slide that saw him playing in...Cyprus.

If so, then good luck!

Oh, and if you’re wondering about the legal ramifications/possibilities of this, he’s not just Goku; as the Instagram post explains, he’s changed his given name, but retained his family name, so he’s now Goku Román.

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Luke Plunkett is a Senior Editor based in Canberra, Australia. He has written a book on cosplay, designed a game about airplanes, and also runs cosplay.kotaku.com.

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DISCUSSION

“Pikachu” was trending one of these days on Twitter and it took me a lot of time to find out it was because some football player whose nickname is Yago Pikachu over here in Brazil changed teams or whatever. I was baffled there was something Pokémon-related and I didn’t know what it was while refreshing Serebii.