Well, as all Football fans would know, the age-old tradition of numbering players is one of the most symbolic things in the renowned game. Fans always look forward to and anticipate the assigned jersey numbers whenever a new player joins the club or team. However, there are a few numbers that are more significant than the others, 7 and 10 are among them. We have witnessed that jersey number 10 belongs to the most prominent and flabbergasting players.
Initially, numbers were used to specify the different positions on the soccer field. Each position was assigned a number from 1 – 11. This is used to reveal the position and area of the field a player was playing in.
The history of using numbers on jerseys of the player in soccer started in Australia, in 1911. The first-ever soccer team that played with numbers on their backs was played between Sydney Leichhardt and HMS Powerful.
Following the trend in 1923, football teams in Argentina started doing this and the United States followed in March 1924.
The most admired and respected jersey Number of all is 10. Yesterday, Messi lifted the FIFA world cup and his jersey number is also 10. The greatest players in history wore the number on the back of their jerseys.
What is the significance of the Number 10, 7, and 9 jerseys?
The playmaker or the attacking midfielder is given the number 10 on a soccer team. They are responsible for creating goal-scoring opportunities for the team by playing behind the forwards. The world of football has witnessed astonishing players gracing the field wearing the number 10 jersey for either their club or country or both.
The accomplishments and glorious achievements of the players while wearing jersey number 10 on their backs have contributed a lot.
Flabbergasting football players like Pele, Maradona, Messi and so many more wore that number at the peak of their careers. All aspiring footballers have a dream of being one of these great players and wearing the number 10 jersey for their team.
The No. 7 is often reserved for a fast, pacy winger and second strikers traditionally. Players who are great dribblers and make passes to forward colleagues in the penalty area are assigned number 7. However, things are changing now. Many notable players like Raul, Ribery, Keegan, Ronaldo, etc. have worn the Number 7 jersey and increased its status over the decades.
No. 9 is for a goal scorer and is worn by strikers. They are often the highest scorers on the team. Some prominent players who wore jersey number 9 in football and raised its standards are, Filippo Inzaghi, Di Stefano, Ronaldo Nazario, Fernando Torres, Robbie Fowler, and Alan Shearer.