10 legendary footballers whose jersey numbers were retired
Over the years, we have seen many clubs retiring jersey numbers to honour their legendary players. Retiring a shirt number is the ultimate honour to a loyal servant of a football club, a player who has made a huge impression in his playing time and become a fan-favourite.
Giving up an important squad number once and for all is not an easy choice but many clubs have done it down the years which deserves respect.
Let us take a look at 10 players whose jersey numbers were retired by their clubs:
#1 Raul – Schalke (number 7)
One of the all-time greats of Real Madrid, Raul, was shown an amazing gesture by Schalke after his tenure at the German club. After spending more than 15 years at Real Madrid, the Spanish forward joined the Bundesliga side and spent just two seasons there making a solid impact.
But, it was a surprising gesture to see the Royal Blues retiring their number 7 jersey in honour of the Spanish great.
Schalke legends Olaf Thon and Ingo Anderbrugge did not take their club’s decision too kindly at all and publicly criticised the Bundesliga giants for this move. Raul, despite being in his 30s when he joined the German club, scored 40 goals for them in just two seasons.
#2 Diego Maradona – Napoli (number 10)
Considered as one of the best players ever to grace the football pitch, Diego Maradona was a superstar at Serie A side Napoli for seven long years. He donned the number ten jersey of the Italian giants from 1984 to 1991 and achieved a lot with them.
Maradona could spur a team to success single-handedly and he did that with Napoli to help them win their maiden Serie A in 1986-87.
The Italian giants won a total of five trophies and the Argentine was at the heart of each of those. Though he left Napoli in an undesired fashion after serving a 15-month ban for failing a drug test for cocaine use, the Serie A giants did show gratitude to their hero by retiring their number ten shirt.