|Full name||Milton Omar Núñez García|
|Date of birth||October 30, 1972|
|Place of birth||Sambo Creek, Honduras|
|Height||1.65 m (5 ft 5 in)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 2 December 2007.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 15 October 2008
Nicknamed Tyson due to his resemblance to former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson, Milton Nuñez was born Milton Omar Nuñez García, to a hard-working family consisting of 8 siblings: Milton, his brother Luis, his sister Ana, his sister Karina, his brother Orlin, and his late brother Walter (1975–2010). Due to heavy alcoholism, Milton's father died when Milton was only 10 years old. He always played with his brothers in the alleys of San Salvador where he grew up.
Nuñez only played a few seasons in the Honduran league before moving abroad to play in Guatemala and for Nacional in Uruguay. He then briefly appeared for PAOK in the Superleague Greece and for Sunderland in the Premier League.
PAOK signed him in 1999 for a huge for his playing value price of €3 million, after being approved by the great scouting eye of former PAOK scout and player, Stavros Sarafis. He was a failure as a transfer, and was then transferred for a fee of £1,6 million to Sunderland.
Núñez is now somewhat a cult hero for Sunderland, due to his small size and only one appearance. Perhaps the most popular theory surrounding his signing is that Peter Reid, who was the manager when Núñez was brought to the Stadium of Light, thought that he had signed Núñez's strike partner at PAOK, Adolfo Valencia, and not Núñez himself. Another theory, which seems untrue but is still often repeated is that Nunez was in fact playing for a Uruguayan 3rd division team with a similar name to Nacional, something which later led to a lawsuit from Sunderland. Nunez stayed in England for 2 years before returning to Nacional, after playing just once for Sunderland against Wimbledon in the league and Luton Town in the League Cup.
He returned to Nacional and then had a couple of seasons in Mexico.
Back in Honduras
In 2009, Núñez crossed the border to play for Guatemalan side Jalapa and then joined USAC for the 2010 Clausura championship, along with Selvin Motta and former national team goalkeeper Paulo César Motta. In June 2010, he rejoined Comunicaciones.
Tyson made his debut for Honduras in a May 1994 Miami Cup match against El Salvador and has earned a total of 86 caps, scoring 33 goals, making him third on Honduras' national team's all-time goalscorers list.
He has represented his country in 24 FIFA World Cup qualification matches and played at the 1995, 1997, 1999, 2001,2003 and 2005 UNCAF Nations Cups as well as at the 1996, 2000 and 2005 CONCACAF Gold Cups.
Honours and awards
- C.S.D. Comunicaciones
- Liga Nacional de Fútbol de Guatemala (3): 1994–95, 1996–97, 1997–98
- Club Nacional de Football
- C.D. Marathón
- CD Real Espana
- CD Olimpia
- "Milton Omar Núñez - Goals in International Matches". The RSSSF Archive. 2006-11-03. Retrieved 2007-10-15.
- Desafíe a Ismael - La Prensa (Spanish)
- "Sunderland top transfer deadline deals". BBC News. British Broadcasting Corporation. 23 March 2000. Retrieved 13 April 2012.
- "Nunez compensation".
- "Worst Premier strikers".
- "Sunderland 2 Wimbledon 1". Sporting Life. Retrieved 15 December 2012.
- "Luton 1 Sunderland 2 (Agg 1-5)". Sporting Life. Retrieved 15 December 2012.
- Llegó el nuevo refuerzo albo - La Tribuna (Spanish)
- Novedad en Marathón son tres refuerzos - La Tribuna (Spanish)
- "Tyson" Núñez pasa al Jalapa de Guatemala - La Prensa (Spanish)
- Selvin Motta, Milton Núñez y Paulo Motta están felices en la U - Prensa Libre (Spanish)
- Milton Omar "Tyson" Núñez García refuerzo crema - Radio Emisoras Unidas (Spanish)
- FIFPro disturbed by racist abuse of Milton Núñez - FIFPRO
- Milton Núñez – FIFA competition record
- UNCAF Tournament 1995 - RSSSF
- UNCAF Tournament 1997 - RSSSF
- UNCAF Tournament 1999 - RSSSF
- Qualifying Tournament for Gold Cup 2001 - Details - RSSSF
- Qualifying Tournament for Gold Cup 2003 - Details - RSSSF
- Qualifying Tournament for Gold Cup 2005 - Details - RSSSF
- CONCACAF Championship, Gold Cup 1996 - Full Details - RSSSF
- CONCACAF Championship, Gold Cup 2000 - Full Details - RSSSF
- CONCACAF Championship, Gold Cup 2005 - Full Details - RSSSF