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The iconic No.10 Jersey

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It’s said that it’s the name on the front of the jersey that matters most, not the number on the back. But there are some numbers that will be remembered forever. The iconic No.10 for instance. It’s popular belief that best player on the team gets to wear the revered #10. But why, and if so, is it the truth? I have no idea but if you look at some of the famous sports and it’s famous superstars, the answer is right there…

Sachin Tendulkar:
I don’t think this man needs an introduction. Tendulkar is one of the best cricketers in the history of the game and he wears the No.10 jersey. He holds several records that can’t be broken. Take a look…

Shahid Afridi:
Well known for his aggressive bating style, “Boom Boom Afridi”, holds the record of hitting most number of sixes in ODI history. He has also scored 3 of the 7 fastest centuries in ODI history. The Pakistani also wears the No.10.

Walt “Clyde” Frazier:
36 points, 19 assists, 7 rebounds, 5 steals… that’s what Clyde did in the deciding Game 7 of the 1970 NBA Finals. Known for picking his opponents pockets with his quick hand, he too wore the #10 jersey, which was retired by New York Knicks on Dec 15, 1979.

DeSean Jackson:
He is probably the most electric player in NFL. Every time he gets the ball, it seems like he’s going to score. In 2009 he had 8 TDs over 50 yards. Here’s a look at his Career highlights.

Pele and Maradona:
The Brazilian Pele is the only player ever to win 3 World Cups while Maradona with one, was known for his amazing dribbling skills. Always debated on who the greatest was, there is only thing common was that they shared the same jersey number. It’s foolish to compare them but have a look at this video.

Zinedine Zidane:
Zizou was the master of ball-control and perhaps the best playmaker the game has seen. Have a look at some of his magic here…

Messi :
Lionel Messi recently broke the 40-year-old record of most goals in a calender year and is certainly best player of this era. The following video shows off some of his amazing skills.

Besides these men there are others like Rooney, Ronaldinho, Platini and some others from other sports too who are great in their own right and own the No.10 jersey. I have no idea if it’s a belief or a superstition but I really hope we can witness more from people with the #10.

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