Team 15 July 2022, 14:20

Here's the story of Takumi Minamino's number

Here's the story of Takumi Minamino's number
Since his arrival in Europe in 2015, the Japanese international winger has remained faithful to a number that has become somewhat of a lucky charm. Here's all you need to know about the number that the new Monegasque will wear as soon as the friendly against Inter Milan this Saturday.

He’s yet to take his first steps on the pitch for AS Monaco. Takumi Minamino will now be able to wear what’s been his favorite number since his arrival in Europe seven years ago, in Rouge et Blanc. Something of lucky charm during his spells at Salzburg and Liverpool, where he had an impressive record, the Japanese international (42 caps, 17 goals) will indeed again wear number 18 in the Principality!

More than a number, a history

He may even have the opportunity to wear it this Saturday in a friendly match against Inter Milan in Ferrara, Italy (kick-off 8:30 p.m.). While he wears the famous 10 for Japan, for hsi clubs, the 2020 English champion has only abandoned his favorite number during his loan spell at Southampton, where he had worn 19.

This number 18 saw him follow two legends of the Reds: 2001 Ballon d’Or Michael Owen and Dutch striker Dirk Kuyt. If you are already a fan of “Taki”, you can now treat yourself to the AS Monaco jersey personalized with his name and number 18 on our online store !


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