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What was Alvaro Recoba jersey number in Inter Milan? Now is worn by Hakan Calhanoglu

What was Alvaro Recoba jersey number in Inter Milan? Now is worn by Hakan Calhanoglu

Alvaro Recoba jersey number in Inter Milan was number 20.The number has belonged to Uruguayan midfielder Alvaro Recoba since he joined Inter Milan in 1997 at the age of 21, even though Recoba spent a season on loan with Serie A side Venezia, and the fact that then Inter president Massimo Moratti did not give the number 20 shirt to another player shows how much Inter Milan valued Recoba. Now, Turkish midfielder Hakan Calhanoglu has taken over this legendary shirt in Inter’s history.

Despite being hampered by a number of injuries that prevented him from reaching a higher ceiling, by the end of his Inter career after the 2006/2007 season, Recoba had scored 72 goals in 261 games in all competitions for Inter. What’s even more enviable is that Recoba has a great skill with free kicks and whenever an opponent gives Inter a free kick in a game, it gives Recoba a potential opportunity to score. Inter’s city rivals, AC Milan, are certainly one of the teams that feel this most acutely.

During his 10 years with Inter Milan, what touched Inter fans the most was undoubtedly Recoba’s loyalty. Despite the presence of  Ronaldo and Ivan Zamorano, who forced Recoba to vacillate between starter and substitute, Recoba repeated the same phrase on several occasions: “I will never leave Inter unless the president wants me to, he is my father and I will never betray him. ” How can such a player not be embraced by the fans?

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