Top 10 Best Footballers Wearing Jersey #10
First of all, i would like to say that these are MY OWN personal ideas. If you have anything else to add you can add it in comment section down below. Just remember, it was hard for me to choose for all those legends, because every #10 player is special.
10. Eden Hazard (Chelsea)
One of the most instrumental players for Chelsea has always remained Eden Hazard since the past 3-4 years. He is a bit unconventional number 10, because he prefers to create the attacking play from the wide positions, when Chelsea themselves prefer to play from the centre midfield area. Hazard however, has lost his touch a little and is being criticized for it, but anyone who knows Hazard will know the class of player that he is. People must realize that form is temporary, but class is permanent, and what Chelsea have in their hands, is a world class winger who can tear apart any defence when he’s in the mood.
9. Dennis Law
The only Scottish player to have won the Ballon d’Or award, Dennis Law comes in the 9th spot in our countdown, after making an amazing career for himself. He scored more than 200 goals in less than 500 matches in his career, broke most records of his time in terms of transfer fees, and is also a legend for Manchester United. He holds a record of scoring 46 goals for United in a single season, a feat that even Ronaldo couldn’t beat. It took only seven minutes for him to score his first goal for United and he won the Ballon d’Or award when he led United squad to their first Premier League title since the Munich air disaster.
8. Dennis Bergkamp
Bergkamp was a legend at Arsenal, and was popularly known as the non-flying Dutchman because of his fear of flying. Here was a player who’s technique was such fine that he would be an idol for most budding midfielders of the present generation. He was also known as a “dream for a striker” by his teammate at Arsenal Thierry Henry. He is also the only Dutch footballer to be included in the English Football Hall of Fame. During his time with Arsenal, Bergkamp won three Premier League titles, 4 FA Cups and had reached the 2006 UEFA Champions League final. He comes at the 8th spot in our countdown.
7. Ruud van Nistelrooy (Manchester United)
Ruud van Niestelrooy was a terrorizing striker who donned the #10 jersey at Manchester United. There would hardly be any strikers who were more clinical than him. He would be a super-poacher, and amazingly enough, he was able to create goals as well, which is why perhaps Sir Alex gave him the #10 jersey. He wasn’t the fastest runner in the world, but he had a good physical presence in the penalty area and you could see 2 or 3 defenders marking him whenever he got inside that 6 yard box, because it was in that area where he was the most clinical. People think he got lucky most of the times, but I think it was a god gifted ability of his.
6. Wayne Rooney (England and Manchester United)
Wayne Rooney is currently the engine of England and Manchester United. He is the player that keeps the whole team “ticking” and his spot in the starting XI is perhaps booked for lifetime. Rooney is the only player in the world currently, who can play at any position of the pitch, be it as a central defender, as a full back, as a winger, as a central midfielder or as a striker. Having a player like Rooney gives a lot of boost to your team as he’s one of the greatest #10s in football that can ever be. He’s crossed his 30s and yet it looks like as if he still has a solid 5 years left in his game.
5. Andrea Pirlo (Italy)
He can pass, he can dribble and he can score goals. Watching Andrea Pirlo play football is one of the best sights in the world, because in America is a player who would love to do nothing but pass the ball around, even if a clear goal scoring chance lay in front of him. He was completely self-less as a footballer and even though he’ll stay deep in the holding midfield area, he still orchestrates plenty of attacking moves because of his incredibly long range passing skills. Pirlo currently plays in MLS league and is a player for the history books. He comes at the 7th spot in our countdown.
4. Zinedine Zidane (France)
Zidane wasn’t a striker, and yet, there would be matches where strikers would shy away from him. He was a master playmaker, and there hasn’t been much players like him in the past, or in the present. He had sublime ball control and would often nutmeg defenders and get the better of them. He would also play the through balls, which were so majestic to see that you’d fall in love with the club that he’d play for. Needless to say, he was an instrumental player for France and for Real Madrid but many people don’t give him the credit that he truly deserves.
Pele has truly defined the role of a #10 footballer in the game, and it was him whom everyone would look up to for understanding the role. Pele would create the game, orchestrate the attack from up front, and would score goals every now and then. He wouldn’t remain deep to create the attack, but would rather stay up front, and sit just behind the wingers and the strikers to create the game. Pele went on to become one of the best players in the world and is a player for the history books. A great veteran of football, Pele is the greatest legend of our countdown, beating the rest by a huge margin.
2. Diego Maradona (Argentina)
The player famous for his “Hand of God” moment, Diego Maradona was a player of sublime class and excellent skills. He was very intelligent as a footballer. He could dribble, he could make a fool out of you, he could tear apart defensive organizations and he could score goals… and there would be nothing that you could do to prevent it, but only delay it. Maradona wasn’t the tallest player on the pitch, but it would almost seem as if he’s getting through the spaces between the legs of tall defenders! He comes at the 3rd spot in our countdown.
1. Lionel Messi
Lionel Messi is a lot like Diego Maradona, but Messi is perhaps better than him. Here comes a player who was brought up as a footballer with a Catalan approach towards football, to keep passing the ball around until the opponent makes some mistake. Messi started his career as a winger, who would provide crosses and play those incredible one-touch passes that would split the defence in half. But, as he got more clinical in front of goal, Messi went on to become one of the best players in the history of modern football, and became the player to have won the Ballon d’Or for most number of times.
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