When you look at the No. 10 Jersey, you can see that it carries a lot or prestige and honor and it is usually worn by few notable men in some clubs, when they feel like they can carry the burden associated with the shirt itself.
An example can be seen when Wayner Rooney departed Manchester United and the No. 10 Jersey was given to Marcus Rashford. Rashford so far had lived up to the legacy of the shirt and he has not disappointed. When Ronaldinho departed Barcelona in 2008, he handed over his No. 10 Jersey to Lionel Messi knowing fully well that he can handle the responsibility associated with wearing it. Messi didn't disappoint for once, instead he carried the whole team along and even continued doing so when Andreas Iniesta left the club and gave him the captain Armband. When Messi left Barcelona this year, the Jersey became vacant before it was finally given to Ansu Fati. In this article, I will show you some players that wore the No. 10 Jersey and put prestige on it. Please read down.
1. Wayne Rooney
The Manchester United legend won more than 6 Premier League titles during his stay at the club. He is their most famous No. 10 Jersey wearer till date.
2. Lionel Messi
Messi spend more than 15 years at Barcelona wearing the No. 10 Jersey. He won more than 30 trophies with them including two trevles before finally departing for PSG this year when his contract expired.
3. Alessandro Del Piero
Italian legend, del Pierro played at Juventus from 1993 till 2012. He won a lot of titles there and famously made a decision not to leave them when they were relegated in 2006. He retired a few years after leaving Juventus.
4. Eden Hazard
Hazard had his hey-days at Chelsea from 2012 till 2019, winning the UEFA Europa League trophy twice with them. He also won the Premier League trophy and the FA cup
5. Mesut Ozil
As a No. 10, Ozil played as the assist contributor and preferred passing from outside the box to the Arsenal forwards upfront an he was a free-kick specialist. He left them this year after his contract was terminated.
6. Neymar Jr
Neymar made the No. 10 Jersey to be famous at PSG. He brought his dribbling skills to a whole new level at PSG when he arrived there in 2017 and his moral affected the whole team, at least until Messi arrived this year.
7. Luis Figo
Although he joined Real Madrid in controversial circumstances in 2000, he made his mark and was part of the Galacticos era that featured David Beckham, Ronaldo Nazario and Raul Gonzalez.
He is the only player to score two goals in a world cup final, the youngest to score in a world cup final and the only player alive to what three world cup trophies. Some say he is the greatest of all time.
9. Sergio Aguero
He gifted Manchester City their first Premier League trophy in 2012 when he scored a last minute goal to end the match in their favour on the last minute of the season. He is now at Barcelona.
10. Wesley Sneijder
In 2010, after guiding Inter Milan to an unprecedented trebele and guiding the Netherlands national team to the final of the FIFA World Cup in South Africa, he won the award of UEFA midfielder of the season. He was also named one of the three best midfielders in the world according to a poll by FIFA. He is now retired.
11. Sadio Mane
The Senegalese forward has formed an attacking trio with Roberto Firmino and Mo Salah and together they terrorize defences across the English Premier League.
12. Luka Modric
He is he anchor in Real Madrid midfield and he is also the link between defence and attack. The No. 10 Jersey always looks good on him as he performs his duties.
13. Dennis Bergkamp
He played with Thierry Henry and together they terrorized opposition defences together while at Arsenal, until his retirement in 2006.
14. Michel Platini
The French forward won the won the Balon D'or three times in a row, setting a record that Lionel Messi later broke in the 21st Century. He wore the No. 10 Jersey while playing for Juventus.
15. Diego Maradona
Late Maradona famously wore the No. 10 Jersey for Napoli, Barcelona and the Argentina national team. He won a world cup medal ro his name before passinf away this year.
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