Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, and Neymar linked up virtually to wish Hulk’s sons a happy birthday.
The attacker who currently represents Brazilian club Atlético Mineiro after playing for Zenit Saint Petersburg and FC Porto took to Instagram to wish his boys Ian and Tiago a happy birthday.
In the same vein, the 35-year-old was able to persuade some of the biggest names in the world to send the guys unique, personalized well-wishes rather than the expected present.
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Before displaying the messages on a television set in his living room, Hulk called on all his family members to be present. They show priceless reactions when the superstars appeared on TV from different locations.
Afterward, Hulk stated in a post on Instagram that his kids, Ian and Tiago, had birthdays on July 20. “Tiago is 12 years old, and Ian is 14 years old”, he wrote.
“They asked me for nothing material as a gift – [instead] they wanted something unusual and surprising.
“As they are passionate about football, nothing better than being congratulated by the best in the world! [My] gratitude to the great idols and friends Neymar, Lionel Messi and Cristiano.”
Imagine Messi, Ronaldo and Neymar wishing you a happy birthday! 🤩🎂— Gloria ⚽️ (@GloriaFootball) July 24, 2022
That was Hulk's birthday gift to his sons. 🔝🎁
🎥 IG: hulkparaiba pic.twitter.com/MAo0hX3amb
Not just Hulk but other players have managed to send their loved ones amazing birthday messages in the past. A special movie featuring some of the top players in the world was delivered to Valentino Mane by Paris Saint-Germain forward Mauro Icardi in 2019 as a birthday gift.
No money was spared when it came to this one, from Neymar, Luka Modric, and Paulo Dybala to Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, Hulks’ kids had a birthday to remember.
Also, players like Radja Nainggolan, Mateo Kovacic, and Edinson Cavani made appearances.
Who is Hulk?
Givanildo Vieira de Sousa, also known as Hulk (Brazilian Portuguese pronunciation: [huwki]), was born on July 25, 1986, and currently plays forward for Atlético Mineiro and the Brazil national team.
He began his career with Vitória, played for three years in Japan, and then spent several seasons with Porto in Portugal, where he won eleven titles, including the 2010–11 UEFA Europa League and three national championships.
Once, he was named the league’s leading scorer. Zenit Saint Petersburg in the Russian Premier League paid €60 million for his services in 2012, where he won all three domestic awards and twice shared the competition’s best player and top scorer honors.
For an Asian record sum of €58.6 million, he was traded to Shanghai SIPG in 2016.
In addition to participating for Brazil at the 2012 Summer Olympics as one of the three allowed overage players, Hulk made his international debut in 2009. The Brazilian senior team then used him to help them win the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup and rank fourth at the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
He is described as “a direct powerhouse of a center- or wide-forward who knows his way around the box” by FIFA’s official website.
He had a robust frame for a football player and was given the nickname “Hulk” because of his resemblance to actor Lou Ferrigno, who in the 1970s portrayed the Incredible Hulk on the show of the same name.