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Tuesday August 22 2017
Kalinic to wear number 7

Nikola Kalinic will wear the number 7 shirt at Milan, the same number as Andriy Shevchenko.

A number of players have worn the number for the Rossoneri, but assigned squad numbers were only introduced for the 1995-96.

The first man to wear the shirt on a permanent basis was Paolo Di Canio, who scored five goals in 22 games before joining Scottish club Celtic.

That left the shirt free for the following campaign, before Edgar Davids bore the number for his 10 appearances in the 1997-98 season.

After Ibrahim Ba in the 1998-99 season, the number was given to new signing Andriy Shevchenko for his first Serie A campaign.

The Ukrainian striker had an immediate impact, scoring 24 Serie A goals to be crowned Capocannoniere.

Sheva would go on to score 173 goals for the Rossoneri across seven seasons, scoring the winning penalty in the 2003 Champions League final.

The following season brought the Scudetto, with Shevchenko once again becoming Serie A’s leading scorer.

In the summer of 2006 the striker left Milan for Chelsea in a €44m deal, breaking the English transfer record.

Ricardo Oliveira inherited the shirt for one season, before it was passed to rising star Alexandre Pato.

Despite a respectable goalscoring record with the Diavolo - 63 goals in 150 appearances - injury problems hampered the Brazilian and he moved to Corinthians in 2013, having switched to number 9 previously.

That meant that Robinho wore the number 7 for the 2012-13 and 2013-14 seasons, but he managed just five Serie A goals in that period.

Jeremy Menez got 16 Serie A goals wearing the shirt for 2014-15, but a back injury restricted him to just 10 appearances in the following campaign.

Following his move to Bordeaux, the shirt was left free until the January arrival of Gerard Deulofeu from Everton, and the Spaniard managed four goals and three assists in his 17 Serie A appearances.

Kalinic will now become the 11th player to wear the shirt since assigned squad numbers were introduced, with Milanisti hoping he’ll be closer to Andriy Shevchenko than Ibrahim Ba.

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