RIO DE JANEIRO – How's this for a trio? A soccer team with Michael Jackson playing alongside John Lennon and Mahatma Gandhi.
Carlos Adriano, soccer director for the Brazilian Serie B club Atletico Goianiense, says the team has signed a forward known as Michael Jackson — his real name is Carlos Adriano de Sousa Cruz.
Like many Brazilian players, he goes by a nickname rather than his family name or given name.
Jackson could play with a couple of famously named teammates: John Lennon, full name John Lennon Silva Santos; and Mahatma Gandhi, full name Mahatma Gandhi Heber Pio.
Jackson has played with Brazilian clubs Palmeiras and Fluminense and had a stint playing in China.