Some footballers take their squad number selections seriously. They ask that specific numbers be assigned to them for one reason or the other. Some of the players choose specific numbers because they feel it's their lucky charm. Below is a researched list of players who stuck with the same squad number for most of their career.
The legendary Arsenal striker wore the number '14' shirt for most of his career. He wore the squad number while representing Arsenal, Barcelona and New York Red Bulls. Henry revealed in an interview that he wanted to wear the number '12' when he arrived at Arsenal but could not because it was already taken. He wanted the number because his idol Marco Van Basten wore the number. Henry later chose the number '14' as his squad number.
He went on to score 228 goals for Arsenal before leaving to join Barcelona. He preferred the number '12' for the French national team.
The Italian striker has worn the number 45 on his jersey for almost all the clubs he has played for. Inter Milan, AC Milan, Liverpool, Manchester City are some of the teams Balotelli has played for. Balotelli sees the number '45' as his lucky charm.
During his young days at Inter Milan, Balotelli scored 4 goals in 4 games while wearing the number 45 on his jersey. The striker felt the number was his lucky charm. He wore the number at AC Milan, Liverpool and Manchester City.
3. Andrea Pirlo
Andrea Pirlo wanted the number 10 shirt at Inter Milan. He couldn't have it because it was worn by Roberto Di Baggio. The young Italian opted for the number '21'. Andrea Pirlo wore the number '21' for the rest of his career. He played for AC Milan and Juventus before retiring. He also wore the number for the Italian national team.
4. Cristiano Ronaldo
Ronaldo arrived at Manchester United in 2003 as an 18-year old. He took on the number '7' shirt in his early days at the club. He was handed the number '7' shirt on his arrival. Some doubted that Ronaldo could live up to the standard of the former wearers of the number. The Portuguese proved them wrong by winning the Balon D'or. After leaving Manchester United, he wore the number '9' at Real Madrid before switching to the number '7'. He still wears the number at his new club Juventus.
Picking a squad number can be a big deal to football players. They are usually intentional about selecting their numbers. Allowing them to choose their preferred numbers can boost their confidence.
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