Top 10 Royal Sporting Names

As the world waits for the news on the name of the new royal baby take a look at a range of sportsmen that have been lucky enough to have royal names themselves.

Mervyn King

Mervyn “The King” King used to be welcomed to the stage for Premier League matches with a royal fanfare, it may not have been to the extent of the royal baby’s arrival on Monday but it looked pretty good nonetheless

Kevin Prince Boateng

Certainly one of the most heavily tattooed members of any royal family, the AC Milan midfielder could claim to take the throne in both Germany and Ghana. Born in Germany he represented them at several youth levels before going on to play for Ghana at the 2010 World Cup.

Jose Reina

This could be news to a few on British shores but Reina means Queen in Spanish, something that may not have gone down well with certain people on the Kop as they chanted their goalkeeper’s name over the last few years.

Vic Buckingham (Palace)

A pioneering manager who is credited to an extent with the creation of Total Football when he was in charge of Ajax in the late 1950s and early ‘60s. He also had spells in charge of Barcelona, Sevilla and Fulham in what was a lengthy and varied career.

Prince Naseem Hamed

The Prince was the undisputed King of the global featherweight division throughout the late 1990s until he was dethroned by Marco Antonio Barrera in 2001. Just one more fight after that (which he won) and it was over for the Sheffield star at the age of just 28.

Edward Windsor

OK, this one is scraping the barrel a little but it is unquestioned that this chap turned out for Tasmania in the late 1800s taking a thoroughly impressive 129 wickets in 26 matches and scoring runs at an average of over 32.

William Regal

More sports entertainment than sport itself but Darren Matthews has made a living out of his ever so posh English character in the crazy world of American professional wrestling. There isn’t very much regal about his dastardly actions in the square circle however.

King William

As the fates aligned on Monday night and it was announced to the world that the royal youngster had been born there happened to be a horse race going off at Ballinrobe. Those who were such minded would have cashed in as the winning horse was called King William with second placed called Hospital.

Marlon King

The Birmingham striker may have been forced to abdicate after some unsavoury behaviour that landed him a jail sentence in 2009 but he is still allowed on this list. Perhaps he could be the royal emissary to Jamaica having picked up 22 caps for the country.

Jose de Jesus Corona

This  is not a delve into religious grounds suggesting that Jesus is King but in fact some more handy translation as Corona is Spanish for crown. The Mexican shot stopper is able to join our sporting royal family as a result.

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