Carli Lloyd scores on her Champions League debut, wears strange shirt number

№55? What?

(Man City)

Two-time FIFA World Player of the Year Carli Lloyd scored on her Women’s Champions League debut for Manchester City, providing the only goal in the first leg of their quarterfinal against Fortuna Hjorring.

This shouldn’t be terribly surprising. What was a bit curious, however, was the shirt number Lloyd wore for the match: №55. There was good reason why she couldn’t wear her customary №10 (Daphne Corboz wore it in earlier rounds of the competition), so it seems Lloyd got a bit creative, adding two fives together to imply her preferred number.

Alex Morgan, another American on loan in Europe, also made her Champions League debut for Lyon and also had to get a bit creative with her shirt number. She opted to flip her usual №13 to №31. And during the first half against Wolfsburg, she hit the post. Blame the number.