Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata looks set to depart Stamford Bridge this month – meaning he’d be the latest in a long line of talented players who have failed to break the alleged curse on the club’s No.9 jersey.
Morata arrived in the summer of 2017 from Real Madrid in a deal worth around £60 million, and was considered one of the best young forwards in European football at the time.
Morata had came through the ranks at the Bernabeu, and was also seriously impressive during a loan spell at Juventus, where he played a key role in helping the Turin side reach the 2015 Champions League Final.
However, his time in English football has been nothing short of a disaster, and Atletico Madrid have been strongly linked with making a move to end his time in the Premier League.
Morata actually wears the No.29 shirt but wore the No.9 last season, and he joins the likes of Chris Sutton, Hernan Crespo, Mateja Kezman, Fernando Torres,Radamel Falcao and, of course, Khalid Boulahrouz who have all failed to live up to expectations under the weight of the No.9 curse:
Patiently waiting for that striker who will come and break the no 9 Jersey curse at Chelsea.
— Nana Ofosuhene Harden (@IamArtizta) January 7, 2019
— HardAdz (@HardAdz1) October 23, 2018
The curse of No. 9 continues, he should have started with another number 😂
— M i k e (@orilotweet) October 5, 2018
It would help if we could lift the No 9 curse
— Maison Driscoll (@MaisonDriscoll) September 24, 2018
The curse of a chelsea No. 9, jst go to another club it will Neva be broken https://t.co/4MssENAHmt
— Mo Money Mo Salah (@Sajo_wasaabi) September 4, 2018
Chelsea no.9 curse is real. Confirmed.
— Basmati Busquets (@P0GEY) August 18, 2018
That Morata jersey number change means somewhere deep down a key person at the Bridge believes in the curse of the Chelsea no. 9 jersey.
Nothing anybody can tell me otherwise! 😂😂😂
— Sola Oyeniyi (Royalty) (@sholsss) August 4, 2018
Do you think there’s any chance there actually is a curse, or have they just continually given the number to the wrong players?