Football jersey numbers are used to identify and distinguish players that are on the field, but in some cases, numbers hold deeper meanings than just using them as means of identification. 

For example, a high number like 25 is most likely to be worn by a youth player because (s)he may not have been initially registered with the main squad at the beginning of the season, while some wear such a number as a result of a personal preference, tribute, or simply because it represents the day, month or year of their birthday or that of a loved one.

Players that wear the number 25 jersey are not a common sight in the game,  with most of those that have sported it doing so because their preferred number was not available upon moving to a new club.

Below are some of the players that have identified with the number and how they have done while doing so. 

Adrien Rabiot

  • Club: Paris Saint-Germain (2012 – 2019)
  • Juventus (2019 – date)
  • Years jersey was worn: 11
  • Appearances: 360
  • Goals/Assists: 30/20
  • Trophies: 21

The France international central midfielder, 27 (1995), is one of the popular players that wear the number 25 jersey having done so all through his side with the Serie A giants.

Rabiot also wore the number at PSG, although he also briefly donned jersey numbers 6, 7, 8 and 31 while with the French powerhouse.

He won five Ligue 1 titles, four Coupe de France Cups, five Coupe de la Ligue Cups and four Trophée des Champions while with the club and has won one Serie A title, one Coppa Italia and one Supercoppa Italiana since getting to Turin.

Rabiot has scored 31 goals and assisted 23 times in 373 appearances in stints across PSG, Toulouse and Juve.

The midfielder has scored twice in 29 games for France, winning the 2020-21 UEFA Nations League with them.

Alessandro Florenzi

  • Club: AC Milan (2021 – date)
  • Valencia (2019/20)
  • Years jersey was worn: Three 
  • Appearances: 46
  • Goals/Assists: Two/Zero
  • Trophies: One 

The Italy international right-back, 31 (1991), wore the number 24 shirt for most of his AS Roma career but switched to 25 during a short stint at Valencia and has worn it since moving to San Siro as the 24 was already occupied by Simon Kjaer.

Florenzi won the Serie A title in 2021-22, with the two other club trophies under his belt coming while he was at PSG. 

He has scored 43 goals and assisted 33 others in 398 club career games to date, while the 2020 UEFA European Championship winner has two goals in 49 games for the Azzurri.

Antonio Valencia

  • Club: Manchester United (2009 – 2012, 2013 – 2018)
  • LDU Quito (2018 – 2020)
  • Years jersey was worn: 10
  • Appearances: 331
  • Goals/Assists: 25/57
  • Trophies: Eight 

The former Ecuadorian right-back started his Man Utd career in the number 25 jersey but briefly switched to the iconic number 7 for the 2012-13 season. 

However, Valencia gave it up some months into the 2013-14 campaign, returning to the number 25 shirt because he believed he had more good times and good fortune while wearing it.

He won a Premier League title, one FA Cup, two League Cups, three FA Community Shields, one UEFA Europa League and one Copa Ecuador in the jersey, winning the 2012-13 Premier League title as the Red Devils’ number 7.

The one-time Ecuadorian Serie A winner ended his career with 46 goals and 77 assists in 577 games, with 11 goals to his name in 99 international caps.

Carl Jenkinson 

  • Club: Arsenal (2011 – 2019)
  • Years jersey was worn: Seven 
  • Appearances: 70
  • Goals/Assists: One/Five
  • Trophies: One 

The English right-back, 30 (1992) sported the number 25 jersey all through his time at The Emirates Stadium, choosing it because Nwankwo Kanu was his favourite player as a kid.

He won the 2013-14 FA Cup with them, with his only other trophy so far coming in 2021-22 when he won the A-League Premiership with Melbourne City. 

Jenkinson has played 203 club career games so far, scoring six times and assisting eight times.

Jenkinson’s only England cap so far came in 2012.

Craig Dawson

  • Club: West Bromwich Albion (2012 – 2019)
  • Years jersey was worn: Seven 
  • Appearances: 225
  • Goals/Assists: 15/12
  • Trophies: None 

The English centre-back, 32 (1990), spent all his time with the Baggies in the number 25 jersey. 

Dawson has played 440 games since turning pro, assisting 15 times and scoring 52 goals.

Unfortunately, the West Ham man, who made the UEFA Europa League Team of the Season in 2021-22, was never deemed good enough for the England senior national team, only playing for the under-21s and the Great Britain Olympic team. 

David Ospina

  • Club: Napoli (2018 – 2022)
  • Al Nassr (2022 – date)
  • Years jersey was worn: Five 
  • Appearances: 107
  • Trophies: One

The Colombian goalkeeper, 34 (1988), has played in the number 25 shirt in his last two clubs, winning the Coppa Italia with the Serie A outfit.

Ospina has won six other trophies, with a total of 485 games to his name so far.

He has played 125 games for Los Cafeteros thus far.

Emmanuel Adebayor

  • Club: Arsenal (2006 – 2009)
  • Manchester City (2009 – 2010)
  • Tottenham Hotspur (2012/13)
  • Crystal Palace (2015/16)
  • Olimpia Asunción (2019/20)
  • Years jersey was worn: Eight 
  • Appearances: 226
  • Goals/Assists: 85/28
  • Trophies: None 

The 38-year-old (1984) Togolese striker loves the number 25 jersey because his idol Kanu shone in the shirt during his Arsenal days, so he did not hesitate to pick up the number upon moving to the North London side. Adebayor also wore it at four different clubs, but he was unable to win silverware in it, with the 2010-11 Copa del Rey with Real Madrid the only trophy the striker has won so far.

The one-time African Player of the Year and 2007-08 Premier League PFA Team of the Year member has a total of 205 goals and 64 assists in 591 club career games, and he scored 32 goals in 85 international games, making him Togo’s all-time top goalscorer.

Fernandinho

  • Club: Manchester City (2013-2022)
  • Years jersey was worn: Nine 
  • Appearances: 383
  • Goals/Assists: 26/33
  • Trophies: 13

The Brazilian defensive midfielder spent all his time at the Etihad Stadium sporting the number 25 shirt, winning five Premier League titles, one FA Cup, six League Cups and one FA Community Shield while with them.

The 37-year-old (1985) Fernandinho won the other 13 trophies of his career with Shakhtar Donetsk, and he has 95 goals and 83 assists in 749 club career games so far.

The one-time Premier League PFA Team of the Year member played 53 games for A Seleção, scoring twice and winning the 2019 Copa América.

Fernando Reges

  • Club: Porto (2008 – 2014)
  • Galatasaray (2017 – 2019)
  • Sevilla FC (2019 – 2022)
  • Years jersey was worn: 11
  • Appearances: 413
  • Goals/Assists: 17/22
  • Trophies: 16

The Sevilla defensive midfielder, 35 (1987), donned the number 25 shirt while plying his trade in Portugal, Turkey and during his first three seasons at the Spanish top-flight outfit, winning the 2010-11 and 2019-20 UEFA Europa Leagues, two Süper Lig titles, one Turkish Cup, four Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira Cups, three Taça de Portugal Cups and four Primeira Liga titles in it so far.

Fernando also won the League Cup at Manchester City and Campeonato Goiano with Vila Nova in other jersey numbers.

He has played 553 games so far, scoring 22 goals and assisting 26 times.

Fernando has no senior international caps for Brazil.

Gianfranco Zola

  • Club: Chelsea (1996 – 2003)
  • Years jersey was worn: Seven 
  • Appearances: 311
  • Goals/Assists: 80/23
  • Trophies: Six

The former Italian forward wore the number 25 jersey all through his playing career at Stamford Bridge, helping the Blues win two FA Cups, one League Cup, one FA Charity Shield, one UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup and one UEFA Super Cup. 

No other player has worn the number 25 shirt since Zola left Chelsea, and that has seen many claim that the club has retired it, but there has been no official confirmation/denial from the West London club. 

The two-time Chelsea Player of the Year won four other trophies across other clubs, ending his career with 238 goals and over 50 assists in 796 games.

He was voted Chelsea’s greatest player ever in 2003.

Zola scored 10 goals in 35 games for Italy and has since been inducted into the English Hall of Fame.

Ionel Dănciulescu

  • Club: Dinamo București (2010 – 2014)
  • Years jersey was worn: Four 
  • Appearances: 109
  • Goals/Assists: 33/12
  • Trophies: Two 

The former Romanian forward wore the number 25 shirt upon his return for a third stint with the Bucharest giants and it has since been retired in order to honour him.

Danciulescu won one Cupa României and Supercupa României in the jersey, adding to the eight trophies he won earlier in his career. 

The two-time Liga I top scorer is the league’s second-highest goalscorer of all time (214) and the player with most appearances (515), ending his career with 299 goals in 718 games.

Danciulescu made eight appearances for Romania, scoring twice.

Jadon Sancho

  • Club: Manchester United (2021 – date)
  • Years jersey was worn: Two 
  • Appearances: 46
  • Goals/Assists: Eight/Three 
  • Trophies: Zero 

The 22-year-old (2000) picked up the number 25 jersey after joining Man Utd from Borussia Dortmund, and some believe he did so simply because the addition of both numbers gives seven. There had been speculation that Sancho would wear the No. 7 shirt at Old Trafford as he did in Germany, but Edinson Cavani retained it instead, with the youngster settling for 25 (2+5) instead. 

While he has won two trophies so far in his career, both came while he was with Dortmund and he will be hoping to win more with the Red Devils.

The England international attacker has scored 58 goals and assisted 68 others in 186 club career games so far, with three goals in 23 international caps.

Jean-Philippe Gbamin

  • Club: Lens (2013 – 2016)
  • Mainz (2016 – 2019)
  • Everton (2019 – 2022)
  • Trabzonspor (2022 – date)
  • Years jersey was worn: 10
  • Appearances: 236
  • Goals/Assists: 10/10
  • Trophies: Zero

The Ivorian defensive midfielder, 27 (1995), has sported the number 25 jersey at all his clubs, revealing when he joined the Toffees that it is because he and his sister were born on the 25th.

Gbamin is yet to win any trophy and has struggled with injuries in recent seasons. 

The France-born midfielder played for the French under-18s, under-19s, under-20s and under-21s, but switched to the West Africans for his senior international career, with 12 caps under his belt to date.

João Pinto

  • Club: Sporting CP (2000 – 2004)
  • Years jersey was worn: Four 
  • Appearances: 142
  • Goals/Assists: 32/24
  • Trophies: Three 

The former Portuguese forward played in the number 25 shirt during his time with Sporting Lisbon, winning one Primeira Liga title, one Taça de Portugal (Portugal Cup) and one Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira (Portuguese Super Cup).

Pinto won a total of seven trophies during his club career, scoring a total of 152 goals in 605 games.

He played 81 games for Portugal, scoring 23 times, and while he won nothing with the senior team, the two-time Portuguese Golden Ball winner won two FIFA under-20 World Cups with the youth teams.

Joe Hart

  • Club: Manchester City (2007/08, 2010 – 2012)
  • Birmingham City (2009/10)
  • West Ham (2017/18)
  • Years jersey was worn: Five 
  • Appearances: 247
  • Goals/Assists: Zero/Zero
  • Trophies: Two 

The 35-year-old (1987) English goalkeeper wore the number 25 shirt for a couple of seasons, winning the 2010-11 FA Cup and 2011-12 Premier League title in it. 

Hart revealed when he joined the Hammers that he will be wearing the number because he donned it on his Premier League debut for Man City in 2006, when he got into the Team of the Season with Birmingham and when he won the title on the last day of the campaign in 2012.

He reckoned it could bring him luck at West Ham, but he has since switched permanently to the number 1 jersey.

The former England international goalie has won seven trophies so far, with 613 club career appearances. 

The four-time Premier League Golden Glove winner and two-time PFA Team of the Year member has played 75 games for the Three Lions, and it does not appear he will be adding to those caps anytime soon.

Josh Onomah

  • Club: Tottenham Hotspur (2015 – 2019)
  • Fulham (2019 to date)
  • Years jersey was worn: Eight 
  • Appearances: 105
  • Goals/Assists: Six/Eight 
  • Trophies: 

The English midfielder, 25 (1995) has worn the number 25 for the majority of his career, winning the EFL Championship with the Craven Cottagers in 2021-22.

Onomah has 10 goals and 14 assists in 158 club career games so far, helping the England under-20s win the FIFA World Youth Championship in 2017.

He is eligible to represent England and Nigeria at senior level but is yet to win an international cap.

Klaas-Jan Huntelaar 

  • Club: Ajax (2005/06)
  • Schalke 04 (2010 – 2017)
  • Years jersey was worn: 
  • Appearances: 296
  • Goals/Assists: 172/39
  • Trophies: Four 

The former Dutch striker spent his first season with Ajax and a first stint in the Bundesliga playing in the number 25 jersey, winning one KNVB Cup, one Johan Cruyff Shield, one DFB-Pokal and one DFL-Supercup in it.


Huntelaar won six other trophies during his playing days, scoring a total of 367 goals and assisting 89 others in 665 games.

The one-time Bundesliga top goalscorer of the season and two-time Eredivisie top scorer made 76 appearances for the Netherlands, scoring 42 times.

Lubo Moravcik

  • Club: Celtic (1998 – 2002)
  • Years jersey was worn: Four 
  • Appearances: 129
  • Goals/Assists: 35/Unavailable 
  • Trophies: Five 

The former Slovakian midfielder spent all his time at Parkhead in the number 25 jersey, winning two Scottish Premier League titles, two Scottish League Cups and a Scottish Cup.

Moravcik won the other piece of silverware in his career with Bastia.

The 1992 Czechoslovak Footballer of the Year and 2001 Slovak Footballer of the Year ended his career with 104 goals in 486 games.

Moravcik played 42 games for Czechoslovakia, scoring six times, while he scored six goals in 38 games for Slovakia.

Mohamed Elneny

  • Club: Arsenal (2020 – date)
  • Years jersey was worn: Three
  • Appearances: 59
  • Goals/Assists: Three/Two
  • Trophies: One 

The Egyptian midfielder is one of the popular players that wear the number 25 jersey, winning the 2020 FA Community Shield in it.

Elneny has won seven trophies, with a total of 19 goals and 25 assists in 367 club career games.

The 30-year-old (1992) has eight goals in 92 games for the Pharaohs, making the Africa Cup of Nations Team of the Tournament in 2021 and losing the 2017 and 2021 finals.

Nick Powell

  • Club: Crewe Alexandra (2010 – 2012)
  • Manchester United (2012/13)
  • Wigan Athletic (2016 – 2019)
  • Stoke City (2019 to date)
  • Years jersey was worn: 10
  • Appearances: 265
  • Goals/Assists: 70/23
  • Trophies: One 

The English midfielder, 28 (1994), has worn the number 25 jersey for the majority of his career, winning the League One with Wigan Athletic in it in 2017-18 and making the season’s PFA Team of the Year.

Powell has since scored 82 goals and assisted 36 others in 317 club career games.

The 2021 Stoke City Player of the Year represented England at under-16, under-17, under-18, under-19 and under-21 levels.

Nwankwo Kanu

  • Club: Arsenal (1998 – 2004)
  • West Bromwich Albion (2004 – 2006)
  • Years jersey was worn: Eight 
  • Appearances: 256
  • Goals/Assists: 53/33
  • Trophies: Five 

The former Nigerian striker sported the number 25 shirt during his time with the Gunners and the Baggies, winning two Premier League titles, two FA Cups and one FA Charity Shield in it.

Kanu ended his career with 14 trophies and has inspired a couple of players to take up the number 25 jersey.

The 1996 and 1999 African Footballer of the Year ended his club career with 124 goals and 109 assists in 542 games, making 86 appearances for the Super Eagles and scoring 12 times.

While he won no major senior tournament with Nigeria, Kanu helped them win the Afro-Asian Cup of Nations in 1995, the FIFA under-17 World Cup in 1993 and Olympic Gold Medal in 1996.

Odion Ighalo

  • Club: Granada CF (2012/13)
  • Manchester United (2019 – 2021)
  • Years jersey was worn: Three
  • Appearances: 53
  • Goals/Assists: 11/Four 
  • Trophies: None 

The Nigerian striker, 33 (1989), opted to wear the 25 jersey during a brief spell with the Red Devils as Man Utd’s first ever African player Quinton Fortune, Kanu and Valencia all wore the number.

Ighalo could not win anything in it but has two trophies to his name so far.

The Premier League Player of the Month in December 2015 has played 37 games for his country, scoring 16 goals and making the Africa Cup of Nations Team of the Tournament in 2019 having won the competition’s Golden Boot.

Pepe Reina

  • Club: Villarreal CF (2002 – 2005)
  • Liverpool (2005 – 2013)
  • Napoli (2013/14, 2015 – 2018)
  • AC Milan (2018 – 2020)
  • SS Lazio (2020 – 2022)
  • Years jersey was worn: 19
  • Appearances: 792
  • Trophies: Seven 

The Spanish goalkeeper, 40 (1982), has donned the number 25 for the majority of his career, winning two UEFA Intertoto Cups, one FA Cup, one League Cup, one FA Community Shield, one UEFA Super Cup and one Coppa Italia in it.

Reina won the Bundesliga title while wearing number 23.

The two-time Premier League Golden Glove winner and Liverpool Player of the Season in 2009-10 has played 861 club career games so far.

Reina played 36 games for La Roja, winning the 2008 and 2012 UEFA European Championships and 2010 FIFA World Cup.

Peter Crouch

  • Club: Norwich City (2003-04)
  • Stoke City (2011 – 2019)
  • Years jersey was worn: Nine
  • Appearances: 276
  • Goals/Assists: 66/27
  • Trophies: One 

The former English striker played briefly in the number 25 jersey with the Canaries, winning the Football League First Division title with them before sporting it all through his years with the Potters.

Crouch ended his career with three trophies, scoring a total of 205 goals and 89 assists in 734 club career games.

The owner of the record of most headed goals (53) in Premier League history played 42 games for the Three Lions, scoring 22 times.

Piermario Morosini

  • Club: Udinese (2005 – 2007, 2009/10, 2010/11)
  • Vicenza (2007 – 2009)
  • Reggina (2009/10)
  • Calcio Padova (2009/10)
  • AS Livorno (2011/12)
  • Years jersey was worn: Seven 
  • Appearances: 125
  • Goals/Assists: One/Five
  • Trophies: Zero 

The late Italian midfielder wore the number 25 shirt all through his short career before his untimely death in 2012, aged 25.

Morosini suffered a cardiac arrest during a game between Pescara and Livorno while on loan from Vicenza.

Livorno and Vicenza have since retired the number 25 in his honour.

He ended his career with 153 appearances, scoring once and assisting five times.

Quentin Fortune

  • Club: Manchester United (1999 – 2006)
  • Years jersey was worn: Seven 
  • Appearances: 127
  • Goals/Assists: 10/Six
  • Trophies: Three 

The former South African midfielder wore the number 25 shirt all through his time at Old Trafford, winning a Premier League title, one FA Community Shield and one Intercontinental Cup – the only trophies of his career. 

Fortune ended his club career with 13 goals and seven assists in 173 games, scoring twice in 46 caps for the Bafana Bafana. 

Shunsuke Nakamura

  • Club: Yokohama Marinos (1996 – 1998, 2009 – 2013)
  • Celtic (2005 – 2009)
  • Yokohama FC (2021 – date)
  • Years jersey was worn: 12
  • Appearances: 406
  • Goals/Assists: 86/76
  • Trophies: Seven 

The Japanese midfielder, 44 (1978), has appeared in the number 25 jersey for the majority of his career, winning three Scottish Premier League titles, a Scottish Cup, two Scottish League Cups and an Emperor’s Cup. 

Nakamura has won eight trophies so far, with 135 goals and 112 assists in 756 club career games under his belt.

He emerged as Celtic Player of the Year, SPFA Players’ Player of the Year, SFWA Footballer of the Year and SPL Player of the Year in 2006-07, making the SPFA Team of the Season and winning the SPFA Goal of the Season award.

The two-time Japanese Footballer of the Year scored 24 goals in 98 games for the Samurai Blue, winning the 2000 and 2004 AFC Asian Cups with them before retiring from international football.

Thomas Muller

  • Club: Bayern Munich (2008 – date)
  • Years jersey was worn: 15
  • Appearances: 672
  • Goals/Assists: 244/251
  • Trophies: 31

The 33-year-old (1989) German attacker has rocked the number 25 jersey since turning professional, winning 11 Bundesliga titles, six DFB-Pokal Cups, eight DFL-Supercups, two UEFA Champions Leagues, two UEFA Super Cups and two FIFA Club World Cups in it.

Müller holds the record for the most assists (152) given in the Bundesliga, and is also a valuable player for his country, with 44 goals in 118 games to his name having helped them to land the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Wálter Samuel

  • Club: Inter Milan (2005 – 2014)
  • Years jersey was worn: Nine
  • Appearances: 236
  • Goals/Assists: 17/Three 
  • Trophies: 13

The former Argentine centre-back spent all his playing days at San Siro with the number 25 on his back, winning five Serie A titles, three Coppa Italia (Italian Cups), four Supercoppa Italianas and one UEFA Champions League.

Samuel won seven other trophies across three other clubs in other jersey numbers.

The 2010 Serie A Defender of the Year ended his career with 39 goals and 11 assists in 641 club appearances, and five goals in 56 international games for La Albiceleste. 

Wilfred Ndidi

  • Club: Genk (2014 – 2017)
  • Leicester City (2017 – date)
  • Years jersey was worn: Nine
  • Appearances: 297
  • Goals/Assists: 18/16
  • Trophies: Two

The Nigerian international defensive midfielder, 25 (1996), has played in the number 25 jersey all his career, winning the FA Cup and FA Community Shield in 2021.

Ndidi has played 47 games for the Super Eagles but is without a goal and silverware so far.

Other players to wear number 25

  • Dani Olmo
  • Danny Simpson
  • David Jones
  • David Martin 
  • David Thompson
  • Eberechi Eze
  • Eduardo Camavinga
  • Emmanuel Dennis 
  • Gary Walsh
  • Igor Biscan
  • Jermain Defoe
  • Jordi Cruyff
  • Kelechi Nwakali
  • Kevin Pilkington 
  • Luca Unbehaun 
  • Manuel Akanji
  • Mark Flatts
  • Michael Maidens
  • Neil Heaney
  • Neil Ruddock
  • Oliver Burke
  • Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
  • Rodrygo Goes
  • Sanoussy Ba
  • Scott Marshall
  • Stefan Johansen
  • Thibaut Courtois 
  • Thomas Rogne
  • Vinicius Junior