Borja Mayoral was presented as a Levante player on Thursday. The former Real Madrid player arrives on loan and wil wear the number '2' jersey. It's the same number as Arouna Kone wore for the club and he played a total of 39 games and scored 17 goals. "I hope to score as many goals as Kone," he said. Kone led Levante to the Europa League during that season with the club.
Kone were not the only ones to wear the number 2 jersey with Sandro Wagner with Bayern and Gaizka Toquero for Athletic Bilbao wearing the same number. It's not just the number '2' that has been used by strikers. Diego Forlán and Samuel Eto'o wore the number '5' and Emmanuel Adebayor and Julio Baptista wore the number '6' at Real Madrid and Málaga respectively.
Cassano wore '99' and Ronaldinho wore '80'
Ivan Zamorano had to improvise at Inter Milan as Ronaldo had the number '9' jersey. He wore 18, which adds up to nine (1+8). Antonio Cassano wore 99 for almost a decade at clubs like Sampdoria and AC Milan. Ronaldinho chose to wear the number 80, the year of his birth, at AC Milan when he arrived at the club as Clarence Seedorf would not give him the number 10 jersey. Also at AC Milan, Shevchenko wore the number '76', which also honored the year of his birth, Robinho, wore the number '70' at different spells in his career..
Other strikers who have drawn attention with their jersey number choice are Mario Balotelli, who prefers to wear the number '45' and Alvaro Morata switched from '9' to '29', the day his kids were born.