In his adventure through Ligue 1, the Chilean will wear an unprecedented number. The story behind choosing that number for the first time in his career.
One of the doubts that the world of football had regarding the signing of Alexis Sanchez for him Olympic Marseille was to know what shirt number the Chilean striker would wear in the club of the flirt1, the eighth in his career as a professional and the sixth at European level.
And a few minutes before the formalization of your contract by the Canebière team, the unknown had been revealed: the Wonder Boy will wear number 70 in the project led by Croatian Igor Tudor, an unprecedented number that, until now, had not been used by other footballers in Les Phocéens.
During his time in Chilean football he used number 7 in Cobreloa and Colo Colo, while in River he carried 21 and 11 on his back. Throughout his career in the Old Continent, meanwhile, he repeated 11 at Udinese but later returned to 7. In Barcelona he took over 9 and at Arsenal he first defended 17 and ended his stay at the Gunners with the 7, just like when he left for Manchester United and Inter Milan.
Currently his historic number is held by defender Jonathan Clauss, while number 9 belongs to Polish striker Arkadiusz Milik. The 17, for its part, is owned by the Turkish Cengiz Ünder, the 11 by the Colombian Luis Suárez and the 21 by the midfielder Valentin Rongier. Why did you decide on the 70?
In dialogue with ESPNthe one born in Tocopilla explained the reason: “The truth is that the shirt is very nice, it is comfortable and the number too. I chose the number 70 because of the 7 and because when I was a kid I also used the number 10. I liked those numbers. It is the 70 because it had the zero of the 10 and the 7, because I always play with the 7″he indicated.
While the president of the Gauls, Pablo Longoria, gave the same reason: “It was a personal decision. Being number 7 already assigned to another player, it was Alexis himself who decided to join 10 and 7, to occupy number 70″.
It should be noted that on the day of this Thursday, August 11, La Roja’s top gunner immediately placed himself under the command of the former Hellas Verona and completed his first practice session at the Stade Vélodrome alongside his teammates in the prelude to the match against Stade Brestois this Sunday at the Francis-Le Blé Stadium.
However, it is still unknown if he will enter the squad list. “It will be the decision of the coach himself, Igor Tudor, when his first official match will be”, anticipated the leader of the Minots. In the event that it does not happen, his debut could take place next Saturday the 20th when his squad faces Nantes at home. “Alexis’ mentality and his ambition are factors that will help us a lot to reach our goals, which are always high,” Longoria said.