The Best Shirt Numbers in Football History

by Paul Raymond | Posted on Monday, February 26th, 2018

When you first join a football club, there are always some positions and some numbers that players run to grab, with the numbers 7, 9, 10 and 11 being the most popular, given the famous names that have worn them in the past.

The Premiership relegation odds from Betfair has West Brom, Huddersfield Town and Stoke City as the favourites to be relegated this season, however with just under a third of the season remaining and with the bottom half of the table being very close, a lot of things can change. The Premier League title race is effectively over following Manchester United’s defeat to Newcastle, meaning United’s cross town rivals Manchester City should finish as champions.

The race for top scorer looks to be a three-way fight between Tottenham’s Harry Kane, Liverpool’s Mo Salah and Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero. Prior to game week 27, it looked as though it would be a two-way fight between Kane and Salah, however Aguero’s four goals against Leicester City has put him right back into the race. Both Aguero and Kane are their respective clubs’ number 10s while Salah is Liverpool’s number 11 a more unusual player to be prolific.

With the 2018 World Cup in Russia coming up, all three players are likely to be taken to the World Cup by their national teams and will each be hoping to make an impact in the biggest tournament in football. With Argentina expected to go further in the competition than both England and Egypt, Aguero is likely to have a better chance of finishing as top scorer, although will have a greater level of competition for a starting spot from players like Mauro Icardi, Lionel Messi and Gonzalo Higuain.

We have created an infographic which looks at the squad numbers that produce the best results and also the weird and wonderful reasons for a player choosing a unique squad number.

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