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 By Tom Marshall

Tigres' Andre-Pierre Gignac meets feline namesake at Monterrey zoo

Andre-Pierre Gignac can strike fear into opposing defenses but not quite the fear that a tiger can.

Players that become a legend at a club normally have a statue, a stand, training ground, street name or something similar dedicated to them when they are elevated to undisputed hero status. Not Tigres' French striker Andre-Pierre Gignac. The 31-year-old has instead had a Bengal tiger at a local Monterrey zoo named after him, after a total of 708 of 2,000 local schoolchildren asked to vote on a suitable name for the animal chose Gignac.

Not that the 31-year-old is perturbed. Indeed, Gignac seemed enthralled when he visited the feline Gignac earlier this week, posting a slow motion video on Twitter of him playing with the cub, whose home is situated right next to Tigres' arch-rival Monterrey's stadium.

Gignac described his time with Gignac as a "magical afternoon" and he certainly appeared to enjoy himself as he pranced around the outside of the cage.

Tom Marshall covers Liga MX and the Mexican national team for ESPN FC. Twitter: @MexicoWorldCup.

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