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10 Best Players To Have Worn Brazil’s No.10 Shirt

10 Best Players To Have Worn Brazil’s No.10 Shirt

By David Kappel - Mar 27, 2018 07:00 PM @kappilinho

Brazil have had many great and skillful playmakers throughout the years, but who was the best star to have worn the iconic number 10 shirt? Here are 10 of the Selecao’s best No.10s.

Click through the gallery to see Brazil’s greatest No.10s of all time, as suggested by Squawka.

Legendary Brazilian forward Pele tops the ranking by Squawka, but not many know that he only received the number 10 jersey because the Brazilian federation didn’t send shirt numbers for the 1958 FIFA World Cup, where 17-year-old Pele initially was only a substitute.

As a consequence, FIFA allocated the jersey numbers for the Selecao and gave Pele the 10. He completely thrived with the number and became the revelation of the 1958 World Cup, helping Brazil to lift their first Jules Rimet trophy. Brazil added two more World Cup titles during Pele’s reign, which saw him score 77 goals in 91 games, and as a consequence it’s no doubt that Pele is the greatest No.10 in Brazil history.

Ronaldinho was another great number 10, even though he also wore the number 20 and number seven shirts during his time with Brazil’s senior team. The former FC Barcelona wizard had skills like not many others and lifted the 2002 FIFA World in Japan and South Korea with the samba nation.

Legendary attacking midfielder Zico, who many see as one of the greatest players never to win a World Cup, beat Neymar to third place. Zico was part of Brazil’s team at the 1982 FIFA World Cup and was often referred to as the “white Pele”. With 48 goals in 71 appearances, Zico currently sits in fifth place in Brazil’s all-time scoring charts.

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Other famous Brazilian number 10s in this gallery include Neymar, Rivaldo and Kaka.

Which of the listed players is your personal favourite No.10 in Brazil history? Have your say in the comments section below.


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Pirates_999 Joined: 08 Nov 2017
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Pirates_999 Mar 28, 2018 07:51 AM
Kaka and Neymar from 2012 until 2016 were sharing the jersey Editor? Ronaldinho will forever be the greatest player Brazil has ever produced
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Rivaldo will always have a special place in my heart.
Matayitayi Joined: 24 Jan 2014
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Matayitayi Mar 27, 2018 09:33 PM
Ronaldinho seconded by Neymar then rivaldo because i never watched Pele and Zico
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tinashe nengomasha Mar 27, 2018 08:27 PM
Ronaldinho.10 was the best for me
khosi4v Joined: 15 Feb 2010
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khosi4v Mar 27, 2018 07:21 PM
Jersey number 10

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