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)

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.

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)

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.

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)

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.

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