Saúl Ñíguez’s 9 Tattoos & Their Meanings

Saúl Ñíguez Esclápez is a Spanish professional football player who plays as a midfielder for the Spain National Team and for the La Liga team,  Atlético Madrid. Saul has some interesting tattoos on his body. Let us take a look at them and explore their meanings.

Saúl Ñíguez'

1. ‘Castle and Watch’ Tattoo

Tattoo: The left shoulder of the footballer has a tattoo of the side of a castle on it. There is also a pocket watch tattooed below the castle along with the date, “26-1-2016″tattooed below it. There is also a word tattooed above the date.

Meaning: The tattoo of the castle on his shoulder is of the Castle of Elche. The tattoo is a tribute tattoo to the place of his birth, Elche, Spain.

2. ‘Tree and Name’ Tattoo

Tattoo: The back of his left upper arm contains a tattoo of a palm tree on it near the beachside and two boats near it. There is also a pair of paw prints tattooed near his elbow along with the name, “Thaila” tattooed below the prints.

Meaning: The tattoo of the beach scene represents his love for the seaside. The player is seen chilling on beaches and in Venice in many of his social media posts. The name, “Thaila” is the name of his beloved dog which he considers a part of his family.

3. Logo Tattoo

Tattoo: There is a logo tattooed on the back of his upper left arm too.

Meaning: The logo is the club crest of Athletico Madrid. The tattoo represents his love and devotion to his club. Saul has been with Athletico Madrid since 2008.

4. Date Tattoo

Tattoo: The date, “8-3-2012” is tattooed on the player’s left upper arm too.

Meaning: The date represents 8 March 2012 which is the date that Saul made his official debut for Athletico Madrid’s first team, securing a 3-1 win, playing the last 6 minutes of a Europe League game.

5. ‘Woman’ Tattoo

Tattoo: Saul’s left bicep contains the face of a woman tattooed on it. The woman has her hair according to Egyptian styles and also has a necklace on her neck.

6. Tiger Tattoo

Tattoo: The inner side of his left forearm has a tattoo of the face of a tiger on it.

Meaning: The tattoo of the beast on his arm represents his personality as well as his strength and free spirit.

7. Buddha Tattoo

Tattoo: The upper part of his forearm has a tattoo of the face of a Buddha statue on it. There is also a temple tattooed behind Buddha’s head and a few flowers tattooed below his face.

Meaning: The tattoo of the Buddha on his arm represents his beliefs in Buddhist teachings and ideology.

8. Quote Tattoo

Tattoo: There is a quote tattooed on the footballer’s left wrist too that reads, “Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will”.

Meaning: The quote on his forearm is a famous quote by Mahatama Gandhi and is a motivational tattoo that keeps him going.

9. ‘Number and Design’ Tattoo

Tattoo: The inner side of the player’s wrist contains the number, 77 tattooed on it. There is also a tattoo design that is of a lightning bolt and a pitchfork done in the shape of a cross.

Meaning: The number “77” on his wrist represents an expression of personal freedom. The lightning bolt is the weapon of Zeus, the king of the Greek gods, and the trident represents the weapon of Poseidon, the god of the seas.

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