Why Alisson Wore Bizarre Number 110 Shirt During Brazil vs Mexico Match

Why Alisson Wore Bizarre Number 110 Shirt During Brazil vs Mexico Match

Martin Moses
updated at June 9, 2024 at 1:43 PM
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  • Alisson Becker wore a surprising jersey number as he captained Brazil against Mexico in an international friendly on June 9
  • The Liverpool goalkeeper ditched his usual number and wore a number 110 shirt despite squad numbers rarely going above 100
  • Endrick came off the bench to score a stoppage-time winner as Brazil stepped up their preparations for the 2024 Copa America

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Fans were surprised to see Alisson Becker wear a number 110 shirt as he captained Brazil against Mexico in an international friendly game on June 9.

The Liverpool goalkeeper led out his compatriots at Kyle Field in Texas for a warm-up game ahead of the Copa America, which begins on June 21.

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Brazil players celebrate Andreas Pereira's opening goal against Mexico on June 9 at the Kyle Field in Texas. Photo by Tim Warner.
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But rather than don his usual number 1 or 13 jersey, Alisson was handed the 110 shirt, prompting questions online.

Squad numbers are usually kept below 50 and rarely go above 100. Alisson's teammate at Liverpool, Trent-Alexander Arnold, wears number 66.

But it is almost unheard of for a player to wear a shirt number above 100. As Diario AS reports, Alisson was handed the number to mark Brazil's 110th anniversary since their football federation was established.

In their 110 years of existence, the Samba Boys have won five World Cup trophies - no side has won more, making them the most successful nation in the world.

Mexico vs Brazil match report

Against Mexico, Dorival Junior's side nicked a stoppage-time winner, courtesy of fast-rising forward Endrick. The new Real Madrid forward headed in a cross from Vinicius Junior to win the game 3-2.

Andreas Perreira and Gabriel Martinelli had put Brazil two to the good inside the first 55 minutes, but Mexico clawed their back through Julian Quinones and Guillermo Martinez. The Selecao will next face the United States in another warm-up game before beginning their Copa America campaign.

Brazil will come up against Costa Rica, Paraguay and Colombia in Group D.

Endrick copies Lionel Messi's celebration

Sports Brief has also reported that Endrick copied Lionel Messi's celebration after scoring against Mexico.

With the game destined to end in a two-all draw, the new Los Blancos forward rose highest to head in a cross from Vinicius Junior.

The 17-year-old took off his shirt and hung it up to the crowd to see, similar to what Messi did in an El Clasico match in 2017.

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Martin Moses is a sports journalist with over five years of experience in media. He graduated from Multimedia University of Kenya (Bachelor of Journalism, 2017-2021)