Giovinco has one of the more unique nicknames in soccer, being called The Atomic Ant (Formica Atomica in Italian). It’s a nickname that was given to him by Juventus fans when he played for the Turin-based club from 2006-15. The nickname is a reference to The Atom Ant, a cartoon from the 1960s about an ant superhero who possesses incredible speed, agility and power.
According to reports, Giovinco is fond of the nickname. Because of his stature, Giovinco used to celebrate goals by putting his thumb on the top of his head and pointing his little finger to the sky.
“I’m not very big and many people told me over the years that I would never reach the top because of my size,” he told FIFA.com. “That’s why I do that celebration every time I score a nice goal. It’s my way of saying that I’m getting bigger.”
Giovinco was named MLS Newcomer of the Year, MLS MVP and MLS Golden Boot winner in 2015. He is a three-time MLS All-Star.
Full name: Sebastian Giovinco
Birthplace: Turin, Italy
Birthdate: January 26, 1987