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Five Unusual Jersey Numbers

Have you ever wondered why some players have random numbers on their back? The Fan Park crew takes you behind the scenes to find out about some of these unusual numbers.

Ivan Zamorano - 1+8

The Chilean forward joined Inter Milan in 1996 from Spanish giants Real Madrid. Zamorano wanted the number nine jersey at the club, but that was already occupied by Ronaldo, his second choice was number ten, but that too was taken - so he decided to come up with his own by picking the number 18 jersey - and adding a plus sign in the middle.


Rogerio Ceni – 618

The Brazilian legend picked a strange number for himself back in 2005 and the reason for this selection was that it indicated the amount of caps he had for Sao Paulo. The number was the clubs record for appearances and with that great achievement he has also scored 100 goals for the club.


Clint Dempsey - 2

The American now plays in the MLS, but he spent most of his career in England playing for Fulham. He moved to Tottenham Hotspur in 2012 and his usual number, 23, t was already taken. Dempsey decided on the number two, which is very strange for a striker. The reason behind his selection was that it made reference to his rap alias - 'deuce'.


Mario Balotelli - 45

I, for one, have always wondered why Mario has played in the number 45 throughout his career and now I know why! Mario picked the number 45 because if you add the two numbers up, it adds up to nine. By choosing this number, he is unlikely to ever have a problem with someone taking it.


Ronaldo - 99

The Brazilian legend to this day is regarded as one of the best strikers we have ever seen. He played for a number of clubs around the globe, and even played in three World Cups. Ronaldo moved to Milan in 2007 and as a striker he wanted the number nine jersey. The jersey was already occupied, so it’s rumoured that he chose the number 99 - as it was the name of his favourite ice cream back home.


What other usual number can you remember? 


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