Andreas Pereira has explained why he has opted to have the name ‘Andreas’ on the back of shirt in 2018/19.
Although a now fully fledged Brazil international, the 22-year-old has revealed to us that the reasoning is not in keeping with the South American country’s tradition of often using a single name – such as is the case with team-mate Fred.”It’s because a lot of players have Pereira,” he told MUTV.
“My dad used to play with Pereira on the back and I wanted to change because, in Belgium, everyone knows I’m the son of my dad. The son of Pereira. I wanted to change that and start my own way and be Andreas on my own and be known as Andreas.”
Marcos Pereira, now 43, had a distinguished career in Belgium with clubs such as Sint-Truidense, Royal Antwerp and Lommel United, just after the turn of the century.
”They call me Andy or Andreas,” he confirmed.
“So I respond to every name. So I can speak with everyone at the club. It’s good because I can understand everything!”