Due to 13 being a superstitious number, which is thought of as being quite unlucky, its probably unsurprisingly to hear its not a commonly used shirt number.
However interestingly despite the connotations that come with it, not only are their top footballers still choosing it nowadays.
But there are many players who are recognized as legends in the sport, who wore them back in their playing days.
Footballers like Eusebio and Micheal Ballack were just a few a number of gifted players to put it on.
Now in this post, I am going to take you through 10 players in elite leagues who wear the number 13 shirt.
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1. Lars Stindl – Borussia Monchengladbach
Lars Stindl has become somewhat of a club legend for Borussia Monchengladbach, being a key figure for them ever since moving to the club in 2015.
The attacking midfielder has made close to 200 appearances for the Foals and has chipped in with 54 goals.
His impact at the club level also earned him a call up to the German national side in 2018, where he scored the only in the final against Chile to win the Confederation Cup.
Stindl has been wearing the number 13 shirt since 2015/16, after previously wearing 10 and 28 during his Hannover spell.
2. Zach Steffen – Manchester City
Zach Steffen took the number 13 shirt at Manchester City after signing back in 2018.
The 27-year-old is just one of many talented US footballers to have earned a move to one of Europe’s elite clubs.
His country’s number 1 keeper he is a terrific shot-stopper and has been a great addition to Manchester City’s squad.
Playing second fiddle to Ederson, he has played mainly cup matches and the occasional league match.
3. Alphonse Areola – West Ham United
French goalkeeper Alphonse Areola took the number 13 shirt number after signing for West Ham on loan.
Coming through the PSG system, he is still owned by them having played for 6 clubs on loan since 2009.
Before moving to West Ham he held the number one shirt at both Real Madrid and Fulham
However, in West London, he had to switch to number 13 with Lukasz Fabianski occupying the number 1 shirt.
During his most recent spell at West Ham, he played a significant role despite being back up, keeping 7 cleans sheets on their run to the Semi-Final.
4. Lucas Alario – Bayer Leverkusen
After being a hit in his home country Argentina, Luca’s Alario signed for Bayer Leverkusen taking the number 13 shirt.
Alario who grew up in Tostado rose through the Colon system, before moving to River Plate.
In moving to River Plate he switched from number 9 to number 13 and improved his goalscoring record, with him netting almost a goal every other game, with 22 in 47.
This earned him his first Argentina national team call up aswell as a move to Europe to play with Bayer Leverkusen.
He has been a consistent striker in the Bundesliga for 5 years now, converting 42 times in 126 games.
5. Jasper Cillessen – Valencia
Dutch number one keeper Jasper Cillesen took the number 13 jersey upon signing for Valencia from Barcelona.
A solid goalkeeper at Ajax he moved to Spain, where he would encounter injuries and be out of favor.
Despite being the number one keeper for his country, he was mostly back up to Ter Stegen over his time with the Catalan side.
After overcoming injuries Cillesen who is an ambassador of Mizuno is becoming more of a regular for Valencia’s first team.
6. Eric Maxim Choupo Moting – Bayern Munich
It’s not every day that you see signings from the Championship to Europe’s Elite, so when Eric Maxim Choupo Moting signed for PSG it was a shock, to say the least.
Eric took the number 17 shirt and played alongside Neymar and Mbappe for a year before moving to Bayern Munich in 2018.
Mostly used as a substitute striker, Eric scored 6 times in 30 for PSG and has scored 8 in 42 for Bayern where he is presently.
At Bayern Munich, he currently holds the number 13 shirt, after Brazilian full-back Rafinha had it for 7 seasons.
7. Andriy Lunin – Real Madrid
Occupying the number 13 shirt for Real Madrid is Ukrainian keeper Andriy Lunin.
Brought from Zorya Luhansk in 2018 aged just 19 he has yet to make a big impact at Madrid, limited to only 2 appearances.
However, with Courtois being the first choice, it was most likely a signing for the future.
With that said he has shown why he was signed, with solid performances in his 2 appearances. This consists of saving a penalty and showing his quality to make saves.