Man United goalkeeper Sergio Romero likes to customise his kit in quite a weird way

Jamie Spencer
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​Manchester United goalkeeper Sergio Romero has proven to be a quiet hero during his time at Old Trafford. Only sparingly called upon as back-up to David de Gea, he is yet to let the team down and even shone as hero with an outstanding late save against FC Rostov last week. When it comes to his United kit, though, there is one odd customisation he has to make. "I've got a bit of an obsession with my shorts. I like my goalkeeper shorts to be the same length as basketball shorts. They need to be...

Manchester United goalkeeper Sergio Romero has proven to be a quiet hero during his time at Old Trafford.

Only sparingly called upon as back-up to David de Gea, he is yet to let the team down and even shone as hero with an outstanding late save against FC Rostov last week.

When it comes to his United kit, though, there is one odd customisation he has to make.

"I've got a bit of an obsession with my shorts. I like my goalkeeper shorts to be the same length as basketball shorts. They need to be well below the knee," Romero told ManUtd.com.


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"A lot of the time, what I do is take two pairs of shorts and then cut and sew them together. It's a fixation I've got, and it's something I've done at each of my former clubs. 

I've always liked my shorts to be long and to completely cover my legs," the Argentina number one added.

Together with socks pulled up as far they can go, Romero's legs don't see the light of day on the football pitch. You might wonder what kind of knees he's determined to keep hidden.

Asked if it's the United kit man who does the sewing, he replied, "No, my wife does it!"

But while the quirky shorts are a bit off-the-wall and fun, the story behind how he came to inherit United's number 20 shirt, the jersey made famous by cult legend Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, is verging on 'Boring James Milner' levels of drudgery.

"The day I arrived in Manchester, there was a misunderstanding between myself and the manager, Louis van Gaal. He asked me what squad number I wanted, and I said 22. But he must have thought I'd said 21 because he told me if I wanted that number, I would have to go and speak with Ander Herrera," Romero explained.

"Anyway, it turned out Nick Powell had recently changed to 22, so I just said that no.20 would do fine. I had that same number during my first season with Sampdoria, so it was no problem at all for me."

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