Why The World's Greatest Soccer Players Wear No.10?

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Whenever you write a world football article about "the greatest ever," you have to talk about Diego Maradona and Pele, two of the greatest players that ever lived. They both wore No.10, so it would be a natural extension for many of today's best players to choose that number. Now, it's Lionel Messi who proves that he is the best soccer player in this planet

Maradona, Messi 

Lionel Messi, Neymar and Wayne Rooney are all wearing the famous number 10 jersey. Players consider it a huge pride to don the number, and most often we have seen the team’s best player or the most creative player wearing it. That trend just stuck over the years, so how did that come about at the very beginning?

Brazil number 10 jersey 

When players were first assigned numbers in the soccer history, numerical designations from 1 to 11 were given based on their position with the goalkeeper wearing number 1, the defenders wearing the next lowest numbers, and the forwards wearing the biggest numbers.

The most common formation used by soccer teams when numbering started was 2-3-5, that is two defenders, three midfielders, and five forwards. Over time, teams moved away from the 2-3-5 and the 4-4-2 became more popular. Teams tried to retain the original numbering as much as possible.

The switch looked like this:

 

Traditionally, the famous number 10 jersey means being a scorer and a playmaker. Including Pele and Diego Maradona, they donned the number while starring on the biggest stages for their countries. A generation of children worldwide grew up idolizing everything about them, from their fancy footwork to their passing panache to the shirts on their backs. Kids identified with everything about them, extending to what number they wore.

Maybe Lionel Messi is just one of these kids.

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