After shining at Everton wearing their number 10 for some years, and with Manchester United’s number 10 available after Wayne Rooney’s move back to the Toffees, Romelu Lukaku was expected to keep the number he became famous with at club level, but… no.
Strikers play with No.9. It’s a nice number, and I asked the permission of Zlatan Ibrahimovic. I want to thank him, as well, for allowing me to wear that number
the Belgium international told ESPN, explaining why he decided to switch, and also disclosing that he made sure to take his predecessor’s permission first(!).
As for why he used to wear number 10 up until now, Lukaku revealed something few, if any, could have imagined.
I always asked my mother what number, and I used to play with the 10 because my mother’s birthday is on Oct. 10, so it’s the 10th month of the year
the new Man United signing said.
Lukaku will become the eighth Red Devil to wear number 9 since 1993, when players in the Premier League started wearing the same number throughout a whole season.
Brian McClair, Andy Cole, Louis Saha, Dimitar Berbatov, Radamel Falcao, Anthony Martial and obviously Zlatan Ibrahimovic have been the previous seven.