Why The Hell Is Number 9 Cursed At Chelsea?
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It is okay to not believe in football superstitions. But if you are a Chelsea fan, you just cannot not believe in superstitions. Because how else do you explain the curse of the number 9 jersey at your club?
In this video, we will be telling you how far back the curse of this number goes at Stamford Bridge. But before that, can you think of a successful Chelsea player who wore the number 9 shirt? Exactly!
The curse of the Chelsea number 9 shirt is so potent that it totally crippled a European giant.
When Chelsea broke the bank to sign Fernando Torres in 2011, they knew they were getting one of the best players in the world. Arguably the best striker in the whole of Europe.
The Spaniard, only 3 years earlier, finished as the third best player in the world, behind only Ronaldo and Messi. So, it actually wasn’t a mistake breaking the English transfer record to acquire Torres from Liverpool.
The only mistake Chelsea made was giving him the number 9 jersey. Don’t you pay attention to trends at your club? Don’t you want your record signing to succeed?
Mateja Kezman. Hernan Crespo. Khalid Boulahrouz. Steve Sidwell. Franco Di Santo. All these players wore the number 9 jersey before Torres and were crippled by its curse.
And in case you are too young to remember who these players were, we will help you out. They weren’t just random strikers Chelsea bought to patch up the squad, almost all of them were marquee signings.
Kezman was an absolute beast for PSV. in 4 years, between 2000 and 2004, he scored 105 goals in 122 appearances for the Dutch club. But he signed with Chelsea, wore the number 9 jersey, and just could not find his mojo anymore. He scored just 4 in 25 appearances.
But wait for it, when he left for Fenerbahce, boom! He scored 20 in 46.
Okay, you want to say the man just wasn’t able to adjust to a better league. How about Steve Sidwell then? He spent his entire life playing in England, but still was a victim of the number 9 curse at Chelsea.