Welcome to this post where I will take you through the best footballers who wear the number 20 shirt currently.
Over the years I have seen some of the best to wear it, from Solskjaer wearing it when winning the Champions League in 1999 with Manchester United.
To the likes of Mbappe who was given the number 20 shirt has his first-ever France national team jersey.
So its safe to say we have seen some special players in it, and today’s post will see us go over some of the most promising players of today’s generation who take to the field in it today.
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1. Vinicius Junior – Real Madrid
Valued at £90 million despite only being 21 years of age, Vinicius Junior is a talented young player who is destined to achieve great things in the game.
However, it wasn’t until the last year, that the young Brazilian has made a breakthrough, after a quiet first few years at the Los Blancos.
Something you can understand when you remember he was only a teenager when he moved from Flamengo to Real Madrid in 2018.
With 106 appearances to his name now though, he is really starting to his stride.
So much so that he has been keeping top-class individuals like Hazard to subs appearances, and earning himself caps for his national side.
Vinicius however didn’t initially get the number 20 shirt that he currently wears, when he first joined.
In fact, he started with the number 28, before moving to 25 shortly after.
A year before signing his new contract in 2021, he switched to number 20 which he has kept ever since.
2. Sergi Roberto – Barcelona FC
Recently turning 30, Sergi Roberto is one of just a few players who have been at Barcelona since 2010.
However, for all his success playing in Barcelona, a moment everyone will remember was his last gasp-winning goal against PSG in the champions league.
Being at Barcelona his entire career, he has switched numbers throughout the years.
Starting with 18 he moved to 28, before wearing 24. However ever since signing a 4-year contract in 2015, he has been with the #20 shirt number.
3. Hakan Calhanoglu – Inter Milan
Hakan Calhanoglu not only swapped numbers in the summer of 2021, but he also switched colours.
As the Turkish international, controversially switched allegiances of the Milan clubs, moving from AC to Inter for €20 million.
This move saw him also go from number 10 that he had worn for 7 years to number 20, due to Lautaro Martinez claiming it already.
Hakan has left fans stunned over the years, with his footballing ability. This includes his outside the box goals and creative force in the final third.
4. Charles Aranguiz – AC Milan
Charles Aranguiz won’t get all the attention at Bayer Leverkusen, especially with the number of promising youth players the german club has.
However, Aranguiz has not only been a solid footballer that’s held it down in Leverkusen’s midfield for 7 years.
But he has been a part of Chile’s golden generation, which won back to back Copa America’s in 2015 and 2016.
The Chilean has worn the number 20 shirt his whole career, this includes his upcoming years at Universidad de Chile and his short stint in Brazil with Flamengo.
5. Mohammed Kudus – Ajax FC
Mohammed Kudus is a promising youngster who currently plays for Ajax FC and wears the number 20 shirt.
With the dutch club, a lot of praise goes to their youth development, which is very much deserved.
However, with Kudus, he was picked up from Denmark, after he was impressed over two seasons with Nordsjælland.
The Ghanaian wore number 10 for his previous side, however, with talisman Tadic owning that shirt, he opted for 20 instead.
6. Nuno Tavares – Arsenal
Nuno Tavares recently made the move to Arsenal from Benfica for £8 million, which saw him take the number 20 shirt in North London.
The transfer saw him switch to a much smaller number, having previously occupied the 71 shirt.
Along with another youngster Takehiro Tomiyasu, he was one of several changes in Arsenal’s defense with the aim of tightening up that backline.
So far so good for the Porto-born full-back, has Tavares has already made an impact in the capital.
7. Federico Bernardeschi – Juventus
While Federico Bernadeschi has shown his qualities for the Old Lady, its mainly been in a glimpse.
That is because the Italian who transferred from Fiorentina for £40 million before the 2017/18 season, has struggled to live up to the hype.
Saying that though the winger who is a wearer of Juventus’s 20 shirt, is a player with undoubted ability.
He can shoot from distance and skill opposing players, and with him only being 28 he still has time to prove his critics wrong.
8. Callum Hudson Odoi – Chelsea FC
A player who has risen through the Chelsea academy Callum Hudson Odoi has been given 72 appearances for the club since his debut in 2017.
Now with Chelsea having a big squad full of stars, picking a number was always going to be tough for Odoi, who chose the number 70 to begin with.
However with him becoming a more valuable player for Chelsea, he has since switched to a much lower shirt number of 20.
9. Jarrod Bowen – West Ham
Jarrod Bowen looks to have fully found his feet in the Premier League with West Ham the side he joined back in 2020.
After signing a 6-year deal, the former Hull City player who played 6 seasons in the Championship, is currently one of West Hams highest earners.
Something that you cannot argue with, has Bowen has been on fire for West Ham this season in that wide role.
10. Mattia Zaccagni – Lazio SSC
So far over the 2022 season, Mattia Zaccagni has been one of those players that has gone under the radar.
The 26 year old has been brilliant for Lazio since moving on loan from parent club Hellas Verona.
One performance of note includes a brace in a win against mid table side Bologna in the middle of February.
Following his move to Lazio he chose to retain his number 20 shirt, which he has been wearing during the 2021/22 season.
11. Diogo Jota – Liverpool FC
Helping Wolves reach the Championship in 2017, it was clear even then that Diogo Jota would become a key player for a top club.
Fast forward a few years and Diogo Jota has fully established himself as a key member of that explosive front three at Liverpool.
The Portuguese who also plays video games in his spare time, has taken the number 20 shirt after wearing 18 and 19 at Atletico Madrid and FC Porto respectively.
12. Bernardo Silva – Manchester City
Bernardo Silva has taken his career to the next level since moving to Manchester City for £70 million.
Like a few players on this list, Silva went from 10 at AS Monaco to 20 in Manchester.
Playing for the city he is utilized as a center midfielder, winger, and sometimes even a false nine.
This shows his versatility while his stats under Pep Guardiola show the quality he brings to the team and league.
13. Joao Mario – Benfica
Playing a significant role in his country’s Euro 2016 win, where he featured in all seven games, Joao Mario earned himself a move to Inter Milan.
However, after signing for £40 million on a 6-year contract, he would go on to make only 64 appearances in Italy 5 years.
After opting for 17, 18, and 23, for Inter Milan, Lokomotiv Moscow and Sporting Lisbon, Joao chose to wear the number 20 shirt for Benfica.
14. Vitinha – FC Porto
After spending a year with Wolves on loan, Vitinha is now back playing with Porto FC. A team he has spent 9 years of his career with.
Aged 20, the Vitinha is a gifted attacking midfielder who has great technical ability and has a range of passing skills.
Vitinha is now a first team regular for FC Porto wearing number 20, the same shirt he had when he spent a year in England.
15. Diogo Dalot – Manchester United
Diogo Dalot took Manchester United’s number 20 shirt upon signing for the side in mid 2018.
However despite being given a 5 year contract and being signed for 5 years, the right back has struggled for minutes.
This is mainly due to the competition with Aaron Wan-Bissaka which has kept him second string.
Being just 22, and appearing for his national side 4 times as well as enjoying a loan spell to Milan last year, means we should see more of him in years to come.
16. Reinier – Borussia Dortmund
Reiner is just one of many talented young Brazilians under contract of Real Madrid.
He was just 17 when he broke into Flamengo’s first team and scored 6 in 14. Which is a team that’s classed as one of the best in Brazil.
However like many youngsters who signed to the Los Blanco’s over the years, such as Takefuso Kubo and Martin Odegared, he’s struggled to break into the team.
As a result he is now playing his club football in Germany with Borussia Dortmund, where he wears number 20.
17. Konrad De La Fuente – Olympique Marseille
Europe is starting to see a lot of American internationals flying over and excelling in the top leagues.
Konrad de la Fuente is one of the latest to be making a name for himself, out in Marseille.
The Florida born tricky winger, signed a contract with Marseille taking the number 20 shirt, after previously being on the books of Barcelona.