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The Best No. 10s In World Cup History

There are 10 days to go until the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, and as part of our countdown, we have had a look at some of the best No. 10s in the history of the tournament.

Tired of reading? Click through the gallery above to see some of the best No, 10s to have played in the showpiece.

When one thinks of players who wore the famous No. 10 jersey, the first name that comes to mind for many is Brazil legend Pele, who is the only player to have won three World Cups in his career (1958, 1962 and 1970). The Selecao's all-time leading goalscorer netted 77 goals in 92 games, with 12 of those strikes coming in the global tournament, which makes him his country's second highest scorer in the competition's history.

Argentina legend Diego Maradona played in four World Cups in his career, but the 1986 edition will probably be his fondest as he captained his country to glory that year. It was also that tournament in which Maradona scored the controversial "hand of God" goal that helped knock England out in the quarter-finals. The 57-year-old made 91 appearances for his country, netting 34 goals, of which eight came in the prestigious showpiece.

Zinedine Zidane was another famous star who wore the No. 10 shirt for his country. The former Real Madrid coach helped France lift the trophy in Paris in 1998, when they beat defending champions Brazil in the final. "Zizou" was capped 108 times for France in his career, scoring 31 goals in total, five of those coming in the World Cup.

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Other high-profile players who famously wore the No. 10 jersey at the World Cup are Francesco Totti (Italy), Germany's 1990 World Cup-winning captain Lothar Matthaus and Bafana Bafana midfield maestro John "Shoes" Moshoeu.

Who do you think was the greatest player to have worn the No. 10 shirt at the World Cup? Have your say in the comments section below.

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