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5 Players Who Did Not Do Justice To Jersey Number 10 At Their Clubs

There has always been unique significance attached to jersey numbers in football. Goalkeepers often sport the No.1 on their backs, while midfield maestros wear the Number. 6 and 8 virtually universally.

Many legendary ‘jersey number moments’ have occurred in football history that have nothing to do with talent.

With the idea of odd jersey numbers fresh in our minds, here are five occasions in which a team gave the coveted No.10 to an undesirable player.

1. Yossi Benayoun – Chelsea

It was never going to be easy for Benayoun to take over the number 10 jersey from the erratic Joe Cole, but his time with the Reds had already demonstrated his credentials.

Three goals were all he was able to contribute for Chelsea in the entire season. Blues fired Benayoun in 2013 after several unsuccessful loan transactions.

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As a result of the incident, his stock dropped precipitously, and the former Europa League champion was sent to the back alleys of oblivion.

Benayoun departed from the Israeli Premier League in 2019 after five seasons, during which time he wore the number 10 jersey on his back.

2. William Gallas (Arsenal)

William Gallas, who replaced Dennis Bergkamp as Arsenal’s No. 10 upon his retirement in 2006, is the first choice.

He was a great defender in his heyday, but wearing the No.10 is like having Gordon Brown as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom – it should havenever happened.

3. Jari Litmanen – Barcelona

Litmanen joined Van Gaal at Barcelona in the summer of 1999, having previously worked with the manager at Ajax.

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While at Barcelona, he was hampered by numerous injuries, which made it difficult for him to recapture his Eredivisie form.

In the future, Van Gaal would say of Litmanen, “You have to adapt to a new culture when you move to another club.”

“It’s not something every player can do.” After his only season at the club, the former Finland international was released and signed by Liverpool on a free transfer in January 2001.

4. Lassana Diarra (Real Madrid)

After Wesley Sneijder’s departure to Inter in 2009, the intriguing midfielder was given jersey number 10 at the start of his first full season at the Bernabeu.

He had an impressive start to his three-and-a-half years at Real Madrid, but Diarra was largely employed as a utility player.

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Anzhi Makhachkala purchased him in 2012 after he was demoted to the bottom of the hierarchy.

Until his surprise move to PSG in 2018, Diarra’s post-Madrid career has been devoid of any major accomplishments.

5. Andrey Voronin (Liverpool)

The quantity of players on Liverpool’s roster who are mocked by supporters and the media has turned the club into a laughing stock.

Lucas, Andrea Dossena, and Andriy Voronin round up the Marx Brothers. Six goals in 30 appearances for the Ukrainian in two periods at Anfield.

Rafael Benitez, on the other hand, was certain that he was worth the No. 10 jersey. Which does not go well with fans.

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