When Kelechi Iheanacho stabbed home the rebound from Samir Nasri’s 91st minute shot, the young Nigerian made history. Not because it was his first goal for Manchester City’s first team, not because it helped his side go five straight games with victories to open the season, no – it was because of his shirt number.
Iheanacho wears the number 72 shirt for the sky blues and when he scored his goal it became the highest shirt number to ever get a goal in Premier League history.
As most fans know the #72 is not a common squad number. But then again there are many interesting stories about how players picked their number. Iheanahco wore the #9 jersey with the Manchester City reserve side last season and that iconic number is not taken on the current city squad. Rumors have it that the Nigerian believes the #9 jersey must be earned and so he opted for the 72 which if you add the 2 digits equals 9.
Manchester City has actually had two of the highest ever numbers in the Premier League. Jose Angel Pozo wore the #78 jersey but Iheanahco did what Pozo could not, he scored. The 18 year-old Nigerian was alert following the low strike of Samir Nasri and when Crystal Palace goalkeeper Alex McCarthy failed to push his save away from the net, they striker was there to pounce and make history.