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The Iconic Number 10 of The Argentinian National Football Squad

Posted by Thandiubani on Mon 14th Mar, 2022 -

This number is usually associated with attacking midfielders and playmakers.

Many people consider Diego Maradona as the best footballer ever. In Argentina, this consensus is almost unanimous. Of course, during most of his career the player wore the iconic number 10. This number is usually associated with attacking midfielders and playmakers. The 1xBet Nigeria is the perfect place to wager on these highly talented players. Some of the most illustrious names to ever wear the number 10 include:
  • Pelé;
  • Ronaldinho;
  • Lionel Messi;
  • and Zinedine Zidane.
Because of Maradona, the 10 shirt became much more than a simple number in Argentina. In fact, many people see this number as synonymous with the player. There are many ways in which the player is called in his country, one of them is “el diez”, which means “the 10” in Spanish.
That’s why Maradona’s biggest fans consider it almost offensive that other players dare to use the number 10. Many argue that the number 10 should have been retired from the Argentinian squad when the player retired from it. The Nigeria 1xBet site features excellent opportunities to wager on the Argentinian team.
Until some extent, this happened. This is because the number was not used for a few years by any Argentinian player in friendly matches after Maradona’s retirement. Normally, friendly matches don’t have strict rules regarding player’s numbers. However, major tournaments normally required to number their players consecutively, from 1 to 23, for example. In those cases, it wasn’t possible to skip number 10.
A unique request
The 2002 FIFA World Cup saw a slight change in the numbering rules. The number of players per squad was incremented from 22 to 23, meaning that all players needed to be numbered consecutively between 1 and 23. The 1xBet apk can be installed for free, and when doing so, it is possible to wager on all the FIFA World Cup matches.
However, the Argentinian football federation wanted to commemorate Maradona during that competition. For this reason, they asked FIFA whether it was possible to number their players between 1 and 24, skipping the number 10. FIFA immediately rejected the request. However, they offered an alternative. The football’s governing body offered the Argentinians to give the number 10 shirt to their third goalkeeper, who in this case was Roberto Bonano. In any case, it was highly unlikely that Bonano would see any action. So, for all intents and purposes, the number 10 shirt wouldn’t be in the field.
Eventually, the Argentinians didn’t accept that alternative and decided to give the number 10 to Ariel Ortega. Whenever the Argentinian squad plays, make sure to download the apk 1xBet for Android devices, and start betting on it.

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