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The best Premier League players wearing number 10 right now

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20.86K   //    26 Sep 2017, 13:44 IST

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Some of the world's best players have worn the number 10 shirt

To the uninitiated, shirt numbers may not really be a big deal. In fact, several sports don't give much significance to them, but in football, a shirt number can signify several things, in particular, the position that a player plays in.

Goalkeepers are traditionally number 1, right backs are number 2, strikers are number 9, and so on. In the case of academy youngsters, the shirt numbers they wear could denote their importance to the first team. For example, Marcus Rashford wore 39 in his first season at Manchester United but upgraded to 19 the following season.

Number 10 is a very prestigious shirt to wear. It is traditionally worn by attacking midfielders, wingers or strikers, but it has mostly come to be associated with the most important player at the club. These are the players who are the most creative, score the most number of goals, or have the maximum impact in every match.

Here we take a look at the 5 best Premier League players who currently wear number 10 for their respective clubs.


5. Zlatan Ibrahimovic

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Ibrahimovic upgraded from number 9 to number 10 last month

The Swedish talisman joined Manchester United in the summer of 2016 as a free agent after he let his contract run out at Paris-Saint Germain. He wore the number 9 in his first season at the club.

United released him at the end of last season following what appeared to be a career-ending ACL tear, but he defied all odds as he started recovering in record time, prompting Mourinho to hand him a one-year extension.

He might even be back as early as December. He took up the number 10 shirt following Wayne Rooney's return to Everton.

A proper footballing nomad in every sense of the word, he has played for 8 clubs (so far). Standing at 6'5", he is one of the tallest players in the league, which also makes him lethal in the air.

What he lacks in pace due to his size, he makes up for with his dribbling, passing, finishing, and an uncanny ability to hold the ball and bring teammates into play.

Many critics and fans wrote him off when he arrived in England, since he was already 35-years old, nearing the end of his career. He ended up proving them all wrong by becoming the oldest player ever to score more than 15 goals in a Premier League season.

His goals might not have helped United achieve their domestic aspirations, but he did score against Leicester in the Community Shield and a brace in the EFL Cup final against Southampton.

It will be interesting to see how he fits in this season, following Lukaku's move from Everton, but it will be useful to have two world-class forwards, given that United might be competing on four fronts when he returns in December or January. If he is able to regain his full fitness, we might yet see more influential contributions from him in the second half of the season.

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