Retiring a shirt number is the ultimate honor to a loyal servant of a team. It goes to a player who has made a huge impression on his playing time to become a fan-favorite. Though it’s not very common in football, there are some players who shirts numbers were retired. All in all, here are 6 legendary footballers whose jersey numbers were retired.
6. Johan Cruyff – Ajax (Number 14)
#OnThisDay in 1964, Dutch legend Johan Cruyff made his debut for Ajax.
The rest is history. 🙌 pic.twitter.com/unwTzwS4mO
— B/R Football (@brfootball) November 15, 2015
Not only did Cruff become the greatest footballer of all-time, but he also reinvented football in many ways. As a 10-year-old boy, Johan Cruff joined Ajax to become their greatest player and manager later after.
Johan Cruyff's 1972 Ajax football/soccer jersey. I trained him when I was 3. pic.twitter.com/OJwPkH5cBi
— Judah Friedlander (@JudahWorldChamp) May 30, 2013
As a player, Curuff took them to Eredivisie title 8 times and the European Cup 3 times. His iconic number 14 jersey was retired by the Amsterdam side in 2007.
5. Paolo Maldini – AC Milan (Number 3)
— AC Milan (@acmilan) June 26, 2015
When they are talking about the best defenders of all time, Paolo Maldini makes it. The Italian legend spent his career as a Milan boy, winning five Champions League titles as a remarkable feat.
Another 1 club man at CB in my #Alltime11 Paolo Maldini's contribution to AC Milan was outstanding, helping them to a lot of silverware including 5 Champions Leagues! Maldini retired at the age of 41 and the club retired his number 3 jersey in his honour. pic.twitter.com/Bnqpbeckbr
— Coach David Baird (@DavidBairdSC) March 10, 2018
A servant of the club for over 25 years, it’s fair to say Paolo Maldini earned the honor of retaining his number three shirt. Though that jersey is retired, Maldini still has the right to re-instate it if any of his sons play for Milan.
4. Roberto Baggio – Brescia (Number 10)
May 16, 2004!
My favorite Italian footballer ever Roberto Baggio played his last competitive game when Brescia played Milan at San Siro. pic.twitter.com/Y6ijP9I0iR
— Omna Mugisha Taddele (@omna_tg) May 16, 2018
Roberto Baggio graced the pitch for many Italian clubs, including Inter Milan, Juventus, Milan, Fiorentina, and Brescia. But only Brescia gave the iconic forward the ultimate respect by retiring his number 10 jersey.