The No. 10 jersey is a symbol of mythology and myth, and these players are the greatest ever to wear it.
Aside from the grumpy defense, the number is given to the most important and creative player on the pitch, which has gained even more significance with the rise of squad numbers larger than 11 and the influence of worldwide marketing.
The No. 10 spot is now as much about your social status as it is about the role you perform on the field. And these players have secured their status as all-time greats in the game...
Despite the pressures of being Barcelona's No.10, Ronaldinho always played with a lyrical grace.
With his outstanding samba abilities and fantastic end product - which was frequently missed in favor of his acrobatics and flicks - the Brazilian was probably the game's last great entertainer, stunning fans and enthralling defenders. Ronnie soon got the no.10 for Brazil as well, and he matched it up perfectly.
4. Zinedine Zidane
Because he was half the player he was when he was France's no. 10 at club level, Zinedine Zidane wore the number 5 for Real Madrid.
Two international trophies and a plethora of memorable performances during Zizou's international career cemented his status as one of the most idolized playmakers of all time. Although it was an odd number for a club player, Europe has never had a better No.10.
3. Diego Maradona
Deadly Diego Maradona was a one-man tornado who could rip through defenses, bury dead balls, and find a pass that split opponents.
He is the No.10 jersey for an entire generation. The Argentinian even claimed that he was kept out of the national team's strange numbering scheme just so he could wear it.
The No.10 is indelibly linked to Pele, who, despite possessing an all-around skill level that would make even today's players blush, is known as a poacher. In terms of how he pioneered with this shirt number, Edson Arantes do Nascimento, the first player to win three World Cups, is barely a hair ahead of Maradona.
1. Lionel Messi
The No.7 shirt is worn by Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi's major rival. And, while Messi presently wears the number 30 for PSG, he is the reason why so many others have done so in the last decade or so. He's the most gifted attacker of his generation, capable of playing as a No. 9, No. 10, and No. 11 at the same time.
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