🇧🇷 Five of the best players to wear Brazil's famous number 10 jersey
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🇧🇷 Five of the best players to wear Brazil's famous number 10 jersey

Many of the most magical footballers in the modern game have worn the number 10 jersey for club and country. 

Maradona & Messi have done it for Argentina and their fierce South American rivals Brazil boast a pretty special collection of 10s too. Let's start with the great Pelé. 

🪨 Edson Arantes do Nascimento (aka Pelé)

Almost automatically, debates rage on about the validity of the mind-boggling goal statistics that have been credited to Pelé's career for Santos, but there can be no debate around his record at the highest level for his country. Three World Cups for the Seleção - nobody has ever won more than two, aside from Pelé of course.

🧙‍♂️ Rivaldo

One of the most gifted playmakers of his generation, elegant left-footer Rivaldo was a winner of the big three trophies that any Brazilian footballer craves - World Cup, Copa América and Champions League. He was spellbindingly brilliant for AC Milan, Barcelona and especially Brazil. 

🤹‍♂️ Ronaldinho

The human embodiment of joga bonito. 'Dinho played football with an intoxicating smile on his face, all the while bamboozling defenders and bewitching supporters who couldn't help but get out of their seats when one of the most flamboyant showmen in history was in the mood to entertain.

In 2005, nobody on Planet Earth could touch him. 

🎨 Kaká

2007 Ballon d'Or winner Ricardo Izecson dos Santos Leite, aka Kaká, was a graceful glider on the pitch whose height helped him breeze past defenders with subtle power and ease. Injuries meant that his big-money move to Real Madrid wasn't as glorious as it should have been, but he was the best player in the world at AC Milan and a joy to watch. 

🔮 Neymar Jr

PSG's superstar world-record signing has split footballing opinion around the world since he rose to the top of the game for Barcelona. Too often the attention has turned to his histrionics and unsavoury antics when really the spotlight should be on his twinkle-toed trickery and otherworldly dribbling skills and exceptional balance.

Neymar is more than just his tricks, though, the 29-year-old possesses an ice-cold clinical edge in the final third that sets him apart from most players in world football. Neymar has become a prolific goal-machine, all the while keeping hold of the razzle-dazzle that saw him rise to prominence.

Not many players in history have scored in Copa Libertadores and Champions League final wins. In fact, only one player has ever done it, and his name is Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior. 

Say what you want about Neymar, but the 29-year-old gets tongues wagging every time he steps out onto a football pitch. 

There can be little debate or argument that the number 10 jersey occupies a special place in the hearts of all those who love our beautiful game. 

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