Why does Phil Foden wear No.47 on his back?

The heartwarming reason behind Phil Foden's No.47 and why he rejected the legendary No.10 at Manchester City.

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Currently enjoying his finest season as a professional, Phil Foden is leading Manchester City to unprecedented heights as they pursue a second straight continental treble.

Despite only being 23 years old, he has already won five Premier League titles, two FA Cups, and a Champions League, which he won in Istanbul in June.

The forward’s impact on the squad has increased with each season, to the point where there are now valid concerns about whether City would be better off starting him in the middle than Kevin De Bruyne.

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With the number 47 on his back, he has scored twenty-five goals in all competitions this season, provided eleven assists, and assisted in numerous more Cityzen goals.

“I’d like to create my own legacy and keep that number.” But there is another reason for his selection. He replied when asked why he declined the club’s invitation to replace Sergio Aguero as number ten in 2022. However, his choice was made for another purpose.

Since breaking into Pep Guardiola’s side, Foden has chosen to wear the 47 shirt as an homage to his grandfather, Ronnie, who passed away at the age of 47.

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Foden also made the decision to get the City number permanently inked on his neck, matching his regular number.

He is one of several young English talents playing for the nation’s top clubs in previously unheard-of quantities. Declan Rice of Arsenal wears the number 41, and Trent Alexander-Arnold of Liverpool wears the number 66.

Foden has donned several different squad numbers while competing internationally. There are seven in all. Not one of the 47.

Gareth Southgate’s decision on his starting position at the European Championship in Germany this summer has come under scrutiny following his performances at the Etihad. For the Three Lions, at least, it seems he has finally secured a starting position.

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Even though City is just two points ahead of Arsenal, they are most likely to win their 5th Premier League title in a row. Foden will surely want to lead them to an utterly unparalleled achievement before June arrives.

By Shyam
Shyam Sharma who joined SPORTS BIG NEWS in 2021. Focuses on soccer – chiefly the Premier League, LaLiga, UEFA Champions League, Liga MX and MLS. On occasion, also covers American sports, general news and entertainment. Fascinated by the language of sport – particularly the under-appreciated art of translating cliché-speak.