Fans are only just realising Palhinha's real name as Fulham reveal it in Man of the Match post | The Sun

FANS are only just realising what Joao Palhinha's full name is after he was named man of the match for his performance against Arsenal.

The Portuguese midfielder scored a dramatic late goal to earn Fulham a point away at the Gunners.

Andreas Pereira had put the Cottagers in the lead but second-half goals from Bukayo Saka and Eddie Nketiah.

To make matters worse for the visitors Calvin Bassey saw red for a second yellow card in the 83rd minute which appeared to give Arsenal the win.

That was until Palhinha, 28, scored from a corner in the 87th minute to salvage a point for the ten men of Fulham.

And after the game, the former Sporting Lisbon star was awarded the man of the match award by Fulham for his efforts.


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The club tweeted a picture of the player accompanied with a caption that included his full name.

It read: "João Maria Lobo Alves Palhares Costa Palhinha Gonçalves is your #ARSFUL MOTM! 🏆."

And fans were in shock about the length of his name as they had never realised how long it was.

One fan tweeted: "All these names for one person?"

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A second joked: "Have to take a mortgage out to get that name on the back of your top."

A third commented: "He is that good I think he deserves the respect of all commentators calling him by his full name from now on."

A fourth wrote: "Surprised they didn’t run out of characters with his full name."

A fifth said: "That's a lot of names."

While another added: "The length of his name is equivalent to the amount of respect you should be putting on it."

Palhinha has been Fulham's star player since his arrival from Sporting last summer.

The club rejected a £40million offer from West Ham for him earlier in the window as the Hammers tried to sign him as a Declan Rice replacement.

The Cottagers value Palhinha at a whopping £90m despite only splashing £20m on him last summer.

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