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Emmanuel Amunike the first ever player to wear number 17 shirt for Barcelona

Nigeria’s Emmanuel Amunike was the first ever player in Barcelona history to wear number 17 shirt for the club.

The African footballer of the year at the time wore jersey number 17 in the 1995/96 season and was on his way to making history at the club before injury cut short his career.

Presently, French star, Antoine Griezmann rocks the jersey number but before him was Emmanuel Amunike and 12 others.

Since the introduction of fixed shirt numbers in the 1995/96 season, the players who have worn the number are: Amunike, Celades (in European competition in 1997/98), Bogarde, Emmanuel Petit, Christanval, Mendieta, Van Bommel, Giovani dos Santos, Pedro, Song, Munir, Alcácer and Murillo.

Tope Adefala

Tope Adefala is an experienced sports writer, editor, and web designer. A former editor at Sportlineng.com. Talks sports with a great bias for Basketball, Tennis, Field Hockey and Football. Presently the media officer of Nigeria Hockey Federation. I have been in the business of Sports communication and marketing for more than 10 years. Not forgetting that I won West African University Games, Nigeria University Games gold medals. You can find me on Twitter @1topham.

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