Ever since numbers were intorduced on football jerseys in 1928 in a match between Sheffield Wednesday and Arsenal, it has been a convention to give No 10 to the striker, often the best player on the team.
The numbers were assigned strictly by field position with the goalkeeper getting 1 and the strikers getting 9, 10 and 11.
The jersey number 10 has over the years become associated with the best player of the team, with the opponents devicing special strategies to keep the "No 10" in check.
A number 10 need not necessarily be the most diligent player of the team, but he is the most creative one. Also, the charisma they display is not restricted to on the field. Players like Zinedine Zidane, Roberto Baggio, Johan Cruyff and Luis Figo have all been dashing both on and off the field.
Over the years, a number of legends have donned the jersey and lived up to its billing, even furthered the iconic status of the jersey. Pele and Maradona are probably history's best examples. Today, Rooney, Messi and many others wear this jersey with pride, knowing that they have struck fear into their opponents just by pulling that shirt over their head.
With so much of club football being played, a lot of sheen has shifted from this ‘mythical’ jersey to others. Or has it?
Here is a look at some of the most exciting players who will be donning the Jersey Number 10 in Brazil:
Eden Hazard :
An entire list of the players who will be donning the jersey number 10 in FIFA World Cup 2014 in Brazil :