Meaning behind England star Phil Foden's poignant message tattooed on his neck

Phil Foden is beginning to catch the eye with his performances at Euro 2024 but it's not just his skills that have got fans talking.

The Manchester City star struggled at the start of England's campaign in Germany but looks reinvigorated in the knockout stages after enjoying the best individual season of his career.


It's hard to miss Phil Foden's neck tattoo when he playsCredit: Getty

Foden scooped the Premier League Player of the Year award by helping City to an unprecedented four successive league title last term.

The 23-year-old netted 27 times across all competitions including two goals in a title-winning victory over West Ham.

Foden has also become something of a fashion symbol as his rise to the top continues, memorably making headlines at Euro 2020 for his Paul Gascogine-inspired hair.

While the attacking midfielder has kept things more low-key this time around, his visible neck tattoos are still hard to miss.

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What does Foden’s tattoo say?

Foden has two distinctive pieces of ink on his neck, the most prominent of which reads – ‘Sky is the limit.’

The England international had the tattoo done in February 2022 by popular artist, Gabriel Maniak.

The sentimental message means that there is no limit to what can be achieved in the pursuit of success and that anything is possible.

This has certainly been true for Foden's career, with the attacker lifting a sixth Premier League title for himself in just seven years.


He has the words 'Sky is the Limit' running down his neckCredit: Getty


Foden also has the number 47 on his other sideCredit: Getty

The 'Stockport Iniesta' added to his tattoo collection in 2023, after getting his iconic shirt number '47' inked below his ear.

The number 47 was Foden's first shirt at City and he has worn it since his debut for the Citizens in 2017.

It also has a poignant connection to his family roots, with his late grandfather Ronnie, passing away when he was just 47.

Foden previously revealed that he rejected the chance to take Sergio Aguero's No.10 shirt at City following the Argentine's exit.

His latest neck tattoo suggests he has no plans to ever leave the 47.

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