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10 weird jersey numbers worn by footballers

  • These footballers have defied footballing tradition with their choice of squad numbers.
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Modified 06 Sep 2017, 15:57 IST

William Gallas – 10 (Arsenal)

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Wenger's decision to hand Gallas the number 10 jersey surprised many

Let’s be honest here, if there was a list of foolhardy things during the regime of Arsene Wenger, the decision to hand William Gallas the number 10 jersey would perhaps feature very high on it.

Dennis Bergkamp had just retired from the game of football and when Gallas refused to wear the number 3 jersey, Arsene Wenger decided, after a lot of deliberation, that the recently acquired Frenchman was the perfect person to acquired the responsibilities associated with the number, one generally associated with strikers and playmakers.

However, that was not the first time that eccentric defender put on a number that was unusual having pulled on the number 13 jersey at Chelsea because it was the postcode of the area in Marseille where he lived!

While his defensive abilities were world class, his poor attitude on and off the pitch often proved to be a major hindrance during his time in England and Gallas failed to truly become an elite centre-back that many believed he would be one day. 

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Published 06 Sep 2017, 12:57 IST
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