As reported in The Daily Ant last week, Brazilian footballer Miraildes Maciel Mota, known as “Formiga”, has retired from football after a remarkable 21-year career. Understandably, we at The Daily Ant mourned this loss. However, we have recently learned, through an anonymous tip, that Formiga was not the only formicid footballer. The sport’s new standard-bearer is Sebastian Giovinco, Formica Atomica, the “Atomic Ant”.

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The Atomic Ant received his nickname, of course, due to his short stature, dynamic abilities, and pace. He’s had this name since a young age, and in fact, the name is derived from Atom Ant. True ant fans will know that this is the popular Hanna-Barbera cartoon:

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Needless to say, Sebastian Giovinco, the speedy and skillful Atomic Ant, embodies the catchphrase of his eponymous cartoon character:

“Up and at ’em, Atom Ant!”