Manchester United midfielder Fred has explained he chose the number 17 shirt because he used to wear it growing up in Brazil.
The Brazilian was handed the shirt following his move from Shakhtar Donetsk in the summer and revealed there were sentimental reasons behind the decision to take it.
“I’ve always liked the number 17“ Fred told the club website.
“I think it goes back to my childhood in Brazil, when I’d wear number 7 or 17. I ended up becoming quite attached to this number, but it has no special meaning, it’s just a number I like a lot, and I’m sure I’ll do well with this number.”
“I’ve watched loads of great players, but in my opinion, the best players I’ve ever seen are not just my heroes, but heroes for all Brazilians. I’d say Ronaldinho, Ronaldo and Romário are my favourite three players from the national team. The best Brazil side I’ve ever seen was the one that won the World Cup in 2002,” Fred told United Review when asked who his heroes from Brazil were.
With five World Cup titles, Brazil have won world football’s biggest prize more times than any other country, so it’s safe to assume that the South American nation is football crazy and Fred agrees.
“Like many people say, Brazil is the country of football – many kids there are sent to footballing schools by their parents; it’s as if they’re born with that passion to play the game.”
“Brazil has so many talented players, there are some great ones coming through right now, and there are some who are already at the top of their game, like Neymar and Philippe Coutinho. I think football is in the blood of all Brazilians.”