Charles Antetokounmpo is the father of the Antetokounmpo brothers who are famous for playing basketball. His son Thanasis, Giannis, Kostas, and Alex Antetokounmpo are all professional basketball players, and his oldest son Francis Antetokounmpo also used to play basketball and was a semi-professional basketball player but he later started playing soccer instead and he is better known as a professional soccer player and now a musician.
In this blog post, we will be looking through Charles’ life, his children, and other detail related to him.
Nigeria to Athens
First thing first, not only Charles’ children are athletes but Charles himself was or used to be an athlete, he used to play soccer for the Nigerian team, and his wife Veronica was a high jumper. We can say that the Antetokounmpo brothers developed an interest in sports because of their parents.
Charles’ and Veronica gave birth to their first son Francis in Nigeria and their lifestyle was not good at the time so they decided to move to Athens, Greece, to make their lifestyle better and give their children a good life, so they left Francis in Nigeria to his grandparents and went to Athens. After few years Francis also moved to Greece, all of the Antetokounmpo brothers except for Francis were born in Greece.
When they first moved to Athens, according to the reports they had to face racism cause they were black and they struggled a lot, Charles worked as a handyman where his wife Veronica worked as a babysitter. As for the Antetokounmpo brothers they also used to sell various items like watches, and sunglasses in street. Reports even suggest that Charles was so selfless person he would often starve himself so that he could feed his children.
In September 2017, Charles went to visit Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States, where he died of a heart attack. The sudden death of Charles was very tough for his family to handle, they were in grief but it also made their relation more strong than before as all the brothers worked and are still trying very hard to keep their father’s legacy.
“In memory of Charles, the entire Bucks organization, including his teammates and coaches, is here to support Giannis and his family as they tackle this extremely difficult time. On behalf of ownership, we offer our condolences and pray for Giannis and his family.” General Manager Jon Horst said, and Milwaukee Bucks also proclaimed Charles’ death by stating “The Bucks family is heartbroken about the sudden death of Giannis’ father, Charles.”
All of Charles’ sons share the love with their family very much just like their father and most of them are professional basketball players as mentioned above.
As I have written above Francis is the firstborn son of Charles and Veronica, and he was born in Nigeria. His real name is Francis Olowu Ofili Adetokunbo, while his parents left him in the care of his grandparents in Nigeria he used to play soccer, after few years he also moved to Athens and joined his parents.
Francis also used to play basketball and was a semi-professional player but he later left the team and now he is pursuing his career in music. He has named himself Olifi for his songs and according to the reports the name is of Nigerian origin and probably he named himself Olifi to show his Nigerian roots.
Francis most definitely got interested in sports cause of his parents but there is a chance that he is into music also cause of his parents especially his mother Veronica, according to the reports his mother was really interested in singing and could even sing really well so that must have influenced him.
The second-born son of Charles and Veronica is Thanasis (Athanasios Rotimi “Thanasis” Antetokounmpo). He was born on July 18, 1992, in Athens, Greece. Thanasis was born four years after Francis was born.
Thanasis is a professional basketball player, he used to play for Filathlitikos(Greek Professional Team), and later in 2014 he was selected by New York Knicks in NBA, however, he is now playing for the Milwaukee Bucks of the National Basketball Association alongside his brother Giannis.
Giannis (Giannis Sina Ugo Antetokounmpo) is the third-born son of the Antetokounmpo family. Following his older brother Thanasis, he is also a professional basketball player who plays for the Milwaukee Bucks and among all the Antetokounpo brothers Giannis is the most popular or well-known as he is the star player and often makes headlines.
Giannis was selected or hired by Milwaukee Bucks back in 2013 but shortly after seeing his mind-blowing skills, his team offered him $100 million to stay in the team. Just like that, he began to make quite a headlines in every game cause of his amazing performance, and as of 2020 he was again offered $228 million to stay in the team and it is the most high-budget contract in NBA history, he signed the contract and will be playing for the team for another five years, after that the team may again offer him to play for them.
As a matter of fact, Antetokounmpo is not their original family name, their real or original family name is ”Adetokunbo” but the whole family changed it to Antetokounmpo after Giannis’ had a spelling mistake in his passport.
Konstantinos Ndubuisi “Kostas” Antetokounmpo is the fourth born son of Charles and Veronica. He was born on November 20, 1997. Just like his brothers Giannis and Thanasis he is also a professional basketball player who plays for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association.
Kostas went to Dominican High School and graduated, there he used to be on a basketball team and the team was titled state champion because of him.
Alexandros Emeka “Alex” Antetokounmpo is the youngest and the fifth born son of Charles and Veronica, he was born on August 26, 2001, in Athens, Greece.
Following his basketball player brothers, Alex is also a professional basketball player he is currently playing for UCAM Murcia of the Spanish Liga ACB as he signed a contract in 2020.