In a list prepared by the magazine FourFourTwo, one of the most renowned in the world in the sports area, the most iconic players who marked an era with their respective numbers were listed. In this way, shirt 10 was the subject of a special dispute. That’s because names like Pele, Messi and Maradona were in contention. Despite the strong competition, the Brazilian ended up displacing the Argentines.
A pioneer in the group of stars who wore the 10, Pelé, in the 1958 World Cup, got the shirt by chance. Thus, from its prominence in the World Cup, the main players began to adopt the number, something that happened with Messi, Maradona, Ronaldinho Gaúcho and Neymar.
“Diego Maradona wore number 10. Lionel Messi, Dennis Bergkamp, Sergio Aguero, Wayne Rooney, Luka Modric, Mesut Ozil, Francesco Totti and Ronaldinho. But the original is still the best. If Pele had used another number, who knows what the folklore of that number would be like? Probably the first player to be described as the greatest of all time, the jersey’s artistry and brilliance are rooted in what Pele did to it in 1958, ’62 and ’70.“, said the vehicle.
It is very difficult to put in numbers the feats of King Pele for #Brazilian Team. The legend’s impact goes far beyond goals, victories or titles. Still, these statistics are impressive, aren’t they? ⚽🇧🇷🔢#Skin80 #ORei80 pic.twitter.com/KwSox6iBgT
— CBF Futebol (@CBF_Futebol) October 23, 2020
In addition to Pelé, the list included three more Brazilians: Cafu, Ronaldo and Romario. Naturally, some choices were obvious, such as Cristiano Ronaldo, who adopted the nickname, with the initials of his name and the number 7.
See below the choices between shirts 1 and 11.
1 – Lev Yashin
2 – Cafu
3 – Paolo Maldini
4 – Pep Guardiola
5 – Zinedine Zidane
6 – Bobby Moore
7 – Cristiano Ronaldo
8 Andrés Iniesta
9 – Ronaldo
10 – Pele
11 – Romario