In the game of football, shirt numbers carry profound significance.
With some numbers given based on the position you play on the field.
Others are given to those who specifically request them.
Now the number 32 is a fairly sought after number, when you compare it to others in the 30’s.
With many top clubs having the number occupied.
So in this post we will put the spotlight on those players, who proudly wear the number for there club.
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Conor Coventry – West Ham United
First on the list we have academy graduate from West Ham United, Conor Coventry.
Aged just 20 years old, the Irishman has been a part of the Irons squad for the past 5 years now.
Over that time Coventry, has displayed an innate ability to control the midfield from a young age.
Having a presence in the middle of the park, threading through decisive passes and sophisticated blend of flair and industriousness.
This is likely the reason why West Ham are still to keep him on his books, despite being able to break into the first tean squad.
His disciplined performances and growth potential ensure that the u21 internationally capped Coventry is destined for a bright future in football.
Jarrad Branthwaite – Everton
In contrast to Coventry’s midfield finesse, Jarrad Branthwaite provides physical dominance and defensive solidity.
At a towering 6’5″, Branthwaite is an imposing figure on the pitch.
Despite his tender age, he possesses a calmness and maturity well beyond his years.
His transition to Everton from Carlisle United marked a significant milestone in his fledgling career, underlined by his assignment of the number 32 shirt.
Through wearing the shirt he was able to make his first ever Premier League start in December 2021, where he also managed to find the net against Chelsea FC.
Already establishing himself as a mainstay in Everton’s backline, Branthwaite’s strong aerial presence, coupled with his clean tackling ability, suggests a promising future.
Marc Cucurella – Chelsea FC
Talking of Chelsea, another famous and talented footballer to wear number 32 is Marc Cucurella.
Aged 24 the Spanish footballer who has gone from Barcelona to Getafe to Brighton before landing in Englands capital is known for his agility and tenacity.
Bombing up and down that left flank, his defensive duties with attacking contributions sets him apart and puts sense to that £63 million fee.
Furthermore, his gritty defensive work makes him a nuisance for opposing wingers.
The Spanish international’s performances have not only endeared him to Chelsea fans but also added to the prestige of the number 32 shirt.
Aaron Ramsdale – Arsenal
Aaron Ramsdale is an English goalkeeper who plays for Arsenal and is currently first choice.
Fresh of the back of finishing the 22/23 campaign in which he helped Arsenal finish 2nd, he wears the number 23 jersey.
Though still in the early stages of his career aged just 25, Ramsdale has demonstrated raw talent and his terrific shot stopping.
Previously playing for Sheffield United and with 3 England caps to his name, he is one to keep a close eye on in the many years to come.
Milos Pantovic – Union Berlin
Over in Germany, the bustling city of Berlin is home to the talented Serbian forward, Milos Pantovic.
Wearing the number 32, Pantovic is a player who demonstates and goal-scoring ability, critical aspects of his playing style.
Helping his side achieve Champions League for the 23/24 campaign, he brings an abundance of flair and vision to the Hertha Berlin squad, both in terms of scoring and creating chances for his teammates.
He perfectly encapsulates the versatility that the number 32 jersey represents, constantly challenging opposition defences with his guile and intelligence on the ball.
Vincenzo Grifo – Freiburg
Through Union Berlins success, was unfortunately Freiburg’s downfall, has Vincenzo Grifo’s Freiburg had to settle for the 5th spot in the Bundesliga bringing them Europa League football.
Playing in the number 32 shirt for Freiburg, the Italian has shown his technical ability and consistency in front of the goal making him an invaluable asset to the German outfit.
Grifo’s playstyle is a testament to versatility, comfortably switching between various attacking positions while maintaining his efficiency.
The Italian has a knack for scoring, but it’s his creative side, often setting up his teammates with perfectly timed passes and crosses, that truly sets him apart.
So much so that he netted 15 goals in 33 games, marking off a successful campaign for the winger.
Josko Gvardiol – RB Leipzig
With all the talk of a potential move to Manchester City, which may see him come the highest paid defender in the world, we have Croatian Josko Gvardiol.
At RB Leipzig for now, Josko Gvardiol represents a new wave of talented defenders coming out of Croatia.
The number 32 adorning his back, Gvardiol has quickly established himself as a sturdy presence in Leipzig’s backline.
His defensive prowess, combined with an ability to play out from the back, contributes significantly to Leipzig’s aggressive attacking philosophy.
Traits that would only impress the likes of Guardiola, and bring in interest from clubs around Europe.
Gvardiol’s elegant ball handling and composure under pressure exhibit a level of maturity that belies his age.
The young defender’s performances highlight the number 32 jersey’s potential to house future footballing stars.
Philip Max – Eintracht Frankfurt
Another defender, Philip Max, is setting the Eredivisie alight with his performances for Eintracht Frankfurt.
Sporting the number 32 jersey at his new club in Germany, Max has been on the fringes of his new team.
Primarily a left-back, he is lauded for his marauding runs down the flank and his ability to deliver pinpoint crosses.
Alfred Duncan – Fiorentina
In Italy’s top flight, Serie A, Ghanaian footballer Alfred Duncan graces the pitch for Fiorentina, donning the number 32 jersey.
Duncan, a tireless box-to-box midfielder, is crucial in linking the defensive and attacking units of his team.
The number 32 shirt on his back stands as a testament to his all-around abilities, which have been crucial to Fiorentina’s midfield dynamism.
Duncan’s performances showcase the talent he possesses, adding further significance to his shirt number.
Danilo Cataldi – Lazio
Another Serie A stalwart sporting the number 32 is Lazio’s midfielder, Danilo Cataldi.
Renowned for his ability to control the pace of a match and his set-piece proficiency, Cataldi has earned a place in the hearts of Lazio fans.
Cataldi has turned the number 32 shirt into a symbol of his reliability and devotion to the club, often stepping up in crucial moments to guide the team.
Federico Dimarco – Inter Milan
Featuring in the Champions League final against Manchester City, we have Italian Federico Dimarco, who has been given the number 32 jersey by Inter Milan.
Known for his stinging left foot and versatility in playing as a left-back or left winger, Dimarco has become an indispensable member of the Italian giants.
His consistent performances in the number 32 shirt reflect the 25 year olds growth as a player, his ability to contribute both defensively and offensively, and his dedication to Inter Milan.
Leandro Paredes – Paris Saint-Germain
While Leandro Paredes future is a little uncertain, after his loan move ended at Juventus, the Argentinian sees himself back at PSG with the 32 shirt for now.
Leandro Paredes has been turning heads in the Ligue 1 with his performances for Paris Saint-Germain since moving in 2019.
Known for his vision and exquisite passing range, Paredes has become an influential figure at the French club.
He is also known for his fiesty side, in which he certainly showed in his international sides run the World Cup triumph in Qatar 2022.
Paredes, wearing the number 32, contributes to PSG’s midfield with his impeccable control and tactical awareness.
His performances have made the number 32 shirt synonymous with his name and the high-quality football he delivers week in and week out.
From Premier League to Serie A, from young talents to established professionals, these footballers are turning the number 32 into a symbol of talent and dedication.
As they continue to illuminate football fields around the world, they remind us that it’s not about the number on the shirt, but the player wearing it.