Why is Christian Pulisic called ‘Captain America’? USMNT star’s nickname explained

The 22-year-old has earned comparisons to one of the world’s most famous superheroes

Christian Pulisic may not like it but his nickname of ‘Captain America’ has certainly stuck.

Since making his professional debut for Dortmund in January 30, Pulisic has carried the hopes of the U.S. men’s national team on his shoulders.

Arguably, as the most talented USMNT player ever, he has been dubbed Captain America, named after the famous Marvel Comics character.

Who is the ‘real’ Captain America?

Captain America is a Marvel Comics superhero who dresses in the red, white and blue colours of the American flag.

Dating back to his creation by Jack Kirby and Joe Simon in 1941, the unashamedly patriotic super-soldier for the American government was invented in response to World War II.

The alter ego of Steve Rogers, the Marvel hero boasts increased strength, speed, agility, durability and mental processing power after he was given the super-soldier serum. He also wields a shield that’s almost entirely indestructable.

Captain America is also one of the leaders of the Avengers – a team of superheroes brought together on the big screen by the Marvel Universe.

How has the nickname been used?

Since moving to Chelsea for £57.6m ($73m), the attention on the winger has only intensified.

It has led him to receive more column inches than most, playing at one of the world’s top clubs, in the most talked-about league while serving as a posterboy for American soccer.

The name Captain America has been known to be used in the dressing room environment, having also been used by written media for sometime.