Best Number 10 in Football

Unforgettable number 10 in football today and in the past

Unlike any jersey number in any other sport, the jersey number 10 in football carries with it a certain caché, a sense of prestige, a sign of respect. For as long as I can remember, the 10 shirt has been the hottest commodity on the youth level and what the best players strive toward earning. As a preview, I have decided to go through some famous number 10 in football who have achieved legendary status for club and country.

Several of the marquee players in the FIFA World Cup wear the coveted number 10 for their countries. Lionel Messi, Neymar, Wayne Rooney, Wesley Sneijder, Karim Benzema and Lukas Podolski have the honors in several FIFA World Cup. They’re the latest in a long list of stars to do so that includes iconic names like Eden Hazard, Kaka, Ronaldinho, Zinedine Zidane, Roberto Baggio and yes, Neymar Jr.

At the moment, we have a new generation of famous number tens as Kaka, Robinho, Messi, Fabregas, Rooney and Sergio ‘Kun’ Aguero. Certainly, every fan has his favorite player number 10 but this is the list of the best number 10 in football. Now here is brought to you a list of some of the Famous Soccer Players who have worn jersey number 10:

Francesco Totti

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Francesco Totti is not only the captain of AS Roma, but also a talismanic symbol of the Club. Roma’s number 10 is without question the best player in the club’s history even he is next to retire. Totti has reached and surpassed many long standing records in his storied career with Roma, which began as a kid and is still ongoing with the same shirt number 10. A debutant under Vujadin Boškov in 1993, Totti has only had eyes for the Giallorossi, even he turned 40s. That commitment, allied to his class as a forward, have helped create Totti’s legend. If his trophy haul at Roma has been fairly modest – one Scudetto, two Italian Cups – his reputation is huge. Totti’s selflessness and sense of humour is great. Even the Messi shirt he received from Barcelona went to a charity auction rather than his personal collection.

Eden Hazard

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Hazard’s creativity, speed, and technical ability are widely acknowledged. Hazard’s creativity, speed, and technical ability are widely acknowledged. Hazard is often ranked by coaches, colleagues, and commentators as one of the Best Number 10 in Football world. Hazard’s pace coupled with his finishing and inability to be dispossessed easily led to his former coach Claude Puel dubbing him “little Messi”, in reference to the Barcelona star. In Belgium, Hazard’s talent and similar ascension up the country’s football hierarchy has led to comparisons to former Belgian international Enzo Scifo.

Arjen Robben

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Robben is known for his dribbling skills, speed, crossing ability and his accurate left foot long-range shots from the right wing. Robben is regarded as one of the best wingers in the world, with ESPN stating he is “able to take on and beat defenders at the drop of a hat, Robben’s ability to get to the byline and deliver in accurate crosses instils fear into any defence. José Mourinho, claimed that Robben’s speed and creativity cause opponents who cannot stop him to foul him, but “sometimes Robben tries to get an advantage, or to get a penalty”.


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In 1999, at only 15 years of age, Robinho was personally picked by Brazil legend Pelé as his heir apparent and went on to lead Santos FC to their first Campeonato Brasileiro title since Pelé himself played for the club. After Real Madrid signed Robinho, he was given the number 10 shirt for Real Madrid, previously worn by Luís Figo. On 1 September 2008, the final day of the Premier League summer transfer window, Robinho completed a £ 32.5 Million move to Manchester City on a four-year deal. A quick, creative, agile and technically-gifted player, Robinho is mainly known for his flair, ball control, attacking instinct and dribbling skills, as well as his use of tricks and feints, such the step over and the flip flap, due to his quick feet.

Lionel Messi


Often considered the best player in the world and rated by many in the sport as the greatest of all time, Messi is the only football player in history to win five FIFA Ballons d’Or, four of which he won consecutively, and the first player to win three European Golden Shoes. After Ronaldinho lost form, Messi became Barça’s new star player at only 20 years old and he was given the number 10 shirt. Messi may not be very tall, but his speed and physique enable him to cope with even the toughest of defenders. He is surprisingly strong, and can hold on to the ball in style, as if it were stuck to his feet. There is simply nobody like him anywhere else in the game. He is also a specialist at all dead ball situations, especially free kicks and penalties.

Mesut Ozil


Özil is acclaimed for his finesse and improvisation as an attacking midfielder. His style and ability for providing assists for his team-mates has been compared by former manager José Mourinho to that of Real Madrid legend Zinedine Zidane. Özil began wearing the number 10 shirt for Real Madrid in 2011–12, signalling manager José Mourinho’s intent to use the German international as his main playmaker. In 2010–11, Özil ranked first in assists in major European and domestic competitions with 25. In 2011–12, he ranked first in assists in La Liga with 17. Özil was the joint-highest assist provider at both the 2010 FIFA World Cup and UEFA Euro 2012.

Wayne Rooney


In June 2007, Rooney was given squad number 10, last worn by Ruud van Nistelrooy. Rooney is a versatile attacker, capable of playing anywhere along the front line; although his preferred role is as a striker, he has also been used as a supporting forward, or even as a winger. In more recent years, he has even been deployed in a deeper, more creative role, as an attacking midfielder, or even as a central or box-to-box midfielder under former manager Louis van Gaal, due to his vision, passing and team-work. You could see how good he was, so much stronger and technically gifted than everyone else. He was not just the best player, he had that swagger and the style of play we can all identify now. He also knew where the back of the net was. At the moment, Wayne is showing he can play the latter part of his career playing that so-called ‘Paul Scholes role’.

Sergio Aguero


Agüero is often considered to be one of the best number 10 in football and one of the best strikers in the world. On 5 July 2003, Agüero became the youngest player to debut in the Argentine Primera División at 15 years and 35 days. In 2006, he moved to Europe to play for La Liga side Atlético Madrid, with Independiente accepting a fee of €23 million. Agüero moved to Premier League club Manchester City in July 2011 for an undisclosed fee thought to be in the region of £35 million. He was given the number 16 shirt for his first season at City and wears the shirt name Kun Agüero. On 7 August 2015, Agüero announced he would be switching from his number 16 shirt to the number 10 shirt, previously worn by teammate Edin Džeko.

Alessandro Del Piero


Alessandro Del Piero is often identified as the greatest player ever to pull on the famous black-and-white-striped shirt of Juventus, as well as being one of the best number 10 in football history. A living embodiment of the spirit and style of Turin’s grand Old Lady. His talent was recognised from an early age, with Del Piero representing his country at under-17, under-18 and under-21 level, making a total of 29 appearances and scoring 16 goals but never helping those sides to clinch any honours. On 8 November 1998, Del Piero picked up a serious knee injury. Following his serious injury, Del Piero underwent a muscle strengthening regime in order to adapt to the increasingly more physical and athletic demands of twenty-first century football, which allowed him to compensate for the loss of some of his pace and agility. Del Piero was a free kick and penalty kick specialist. In addition to his talent and footballing abilities, Del Piero also drew praise throughout his career for his fair play and correct behaviour on the pitch.

Gheorghe Hagi


Part of the reasoning for the popularity of the number 10 in football goes back to Diego Maradona and Pelé, 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. Many football fans tend to measure greatness through goals alone and so they do not appreciate other aspects of playing football, such as passing and tackling.



Kaká started his footballing career at the age of eight, when he began playing for a local club. As a child, he also played tennis, and it was not until he moved on to São Paulo FC and signed his first professional contract with the club at the age of 15 that he chose to focus on football. In 2003 he joined Italian club Milan for a fee of €8.5 million. While at Milan, Kaká won a Serie A title and the UEFA Champions League, and in 2007 he received the FIFA World Player of the Year and Ballon d’Or awards. Kaká is a devout evangelical Christian who was an active member of the São Paulo-based Rebirth in Christ Church. Regarded as one of the best players of his generation, Kaká is considered one of the most completed number 10 in football actually. After his success with Milan, Kaká joined Real Madrid for a record transfer fee of €65 million. Currently he’s playing for MLS team Orlando City.

Michel Platini


Nicknamed Le Roi (The King) for his ability and leadership, he is regarded as one of the greatest number 10 of all time. Platini won the Ballon d’Or three times, in 1983, 1984 and 1985. Le Roi is regarded as one of the best passers in football history, as well as one of the best ever penalty kick and free kick specialists to have played the game. Michel Platini was also a prolific goalscorer, who was known for his composure in front of goal, as well as his accurate finishing ability with both his feet and his head; he won several top-scoring awards throughout his career, both at club and international level.[9] Despite his talent, skill, and ability, he was also drew criticism from his managers at times, due to his lack of stamina and poor defensive work-rate.

Zlatan Ibrahimović


Ibrahimovic made a name for himself at Inter Milan and won himself numerous personal awards at the San Siro. Known for his strength, aerial ability and fiery personality, Ibrahimovic has been compared to Dutch legend Marco van Basten for his playing style. A versatile and well-rounded footballer, from a tactical standpoint, Ibrahimović is capable of playing anywhere along the front line, due to his ability to both create and score goals for his team, although he is most often deployed as a striker, due to his composure and eye for goal. Ibrahimovic has scored in some of the biggest matches in football, including the Milan Derby in Italy, El Clásico in Spain, Le Classique in France, and the Manchester Derby and North-West Derby in England, as well as in UEFA Champions League and UEFA Euro Championship games.

Zinedine Zidane


Zinedine Zidane nicknamed “Zizou” is one of the most loved number 10 in football history. An elite playmaker, renowned for his elegance, vision, ball control and technique, Zidane was named the best European footballer of the past 50 years in the UEFA Golden Jubilee Poll. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest players in the history of the game. His 2001 transfer from Juventus to Real Madrid set a world record fee of an equivalent €75 million. His left-foot volleyed winner in the 2002 UEFA Champions League Final is considered to be one of the greatest goals in the competition’s history.



Renowned for his technique, tricks, dribbling, overhead kicks, no-look passes and free kicks, Ronaldinho is regarded to be one of the best number 10 of modern generation. “Ronaldinho”, the lengthened term of endearment for “Ronaldo”, is accompanied in Brazilian usage by the nickname “Gaúcho” in order to distinguish him from fellow footballer and countryman Ronaldo. Throughout his career, he has been deployed as a forward, a winger, although he usually plays as a classic number 10 in an attacking midfield role. Despite primarily being a creative player, he is an accurate finisher with either foot, both from inside and outside the penalty area, and is also a free-kick and penalty kick specialist.

Michael Owen


Owen was born in Chester and began his senior career at Liverpool in 1996. He progressed through the Liverpool youth team and scored on his debut in May 1997. In his first full season in the Premier League, he finished as joint top scorer with 18 goals. Owen was Liverpool’s top goal-scorer from 1997–2004, gaining his name as a proven goal-scorer. Owen is one of eight players to have scored 150 or more goals in the Premier League. Owen was a powerful and accurate finisher, who was also effective with his head, despite his lack of height.

Diego Maradona


An advanced playmaker who operated in the classic number 10 position, Maradona is the first player in football history to set the world record transfer fee twice, first when he transferred to Barcelona for a then world record £5 million, and second, when he transferred to Napoli for another record fee £6.9 million. Maradona’s exceptional vision, passing, ball control, dribbling skills, speed, reflexes and reaction time was combined with his small size allowed him to be more maneuverable than most other football players. A classic number 10, Maradona was renowned for his dribbling ability, vision, close ball control, passing and creativity, and is considered one of the most skillful players ever.

Cesc Fàbregas


Fàbregas came through La Masia, Barcelona’s youth academy, leaving at 16 when he was signed by English Premier League side Arsenal in September 2003. Following injuries to key midfielders in the early part of the 2004–05 season, he went on establish himself in the team. Fàbregas broke several of the club’s records in the process, earning a reputation as one of the best players in his position, and won the FA Cup in 2005. After a protracted transfer saga, Fàbregas left London on 15 August 2011 to return to Barcelona in a deal worth up to £35 million. Fàbregas has been often compared to Michel Platini, the French attacking-midfielder renowned for scoring. Even if he is considered a modern number 10.



Edson Arantes do Nascimento known as Pelé, is a historical professional footballer who played as a forward. Pelé is widely regarded as the greatest football player of all time. In 1999, he was voted World Player of the Century by the International Federation of Football History & Statistics (IFFHS). In 1999, Pelé was elected Athlete of the Century by the IOC. Pelé is the most successful league goal-scorer in the world, scoring 1281 goals in 1363 games, which included unofficial friendlies and tour games. Pelé’s unique playing style combined speed, creativity, and technical skill with physical power, stamina, and athleticism.

Juan Román Riquelme


Riquelme was named the Argentine Footballer of the Year four times. Considered one of the most talented Argentine players of his generation, Riquelme was best known for his creative passing. An offensive midfield playmaker, he combined passing, vision, and technical skills with goalscoring ability from midfield; he was also capable of playing as a deep-lying playmaker. He spent most of his career with Boca Juniors, but also had a significant spell in Spain with Villarreal. Riquelme has been recognised as one of the “last true number 10s” due to his playmaking abilities and unique playing style.

Neymar Jr.


Neymar came into prominence at an early age at Santos, where he made his professional debut aged 17. He helped the club win two successive Campeonato Paulista championships, a Copa do Brasil, and the 2011 Copa Libertadores, Santos’ first continental title since 1963. Neymar primarily plays as either a central striker, second striker, winger or occasionally as an attacking midfielder, and has been described as “a true phenomenon”. A genius with the ball at his feet, Neymar’s pace, dribbling, expert finishing and impeccable technique make him a fearsome opponent. His impressive awareness and match intelligence also mean he can operate wide or through the middle.

Roberto Baggio


Baggio is known as Il Divin Codino (The Divine Ponytail), for the hairstyle he wore for most of his career, for his talent, and for his Buddhist beliefs. Baggio was more productive than Maradona; he is without doubt the best number 10 in the Serie A league. Baggio was an expert in killing teams softly, with a dagger sheathed in silk. Baggio was rarely so boorish as to run; he floated across the ground, and treated the ball in a manner that all football supporters must have loved. Playmakers and No10s are often described as conductors. That was especially true of Baggio, who knew when and how to change the tempo of an attack and loved to subtly vary the established slow-slow-quick approach of Italian football – or produce a perfect crescendo like he did against Inter.

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