“Who is the replacement for number 10 at Liverpool?”
1NEWS – In the game of football, the number 10 jersey is usually used by the most reliable player in a club. You could say Lionel Messi is the greatest player to use the No.10 so far.
However, Messi only popularized his jersey number in the top flight of Spanish, French and international football with Argentina. The player nicknamed La Pulga has never done it in Europe’s most prestigious league, the Premier League.
Wearing the No.10 will always be a pride for any footballer at any club. In the Premier League, football fans have also seen a number of star players make their club and name known with their No.10 jersey. On that note, let’s take a look at the top 5 No.10 rankings in the Premier League:
5. Sadio Mane (Liverpool)
Sadio Mane left Liverpool in the transfer window this summer. The Senegalese superstar chose to join Bayern Munich in a deal worth 35.1 million pounds (Rp 631 billion).
During his six seasons at Liverpool, Mane was absolutely brilliant wearing his proud No.10. He is known as a fast winger and has a dribbling ability that is able to outwit opponents easily.
Speed, agility and good ball control make the Senegalese national team player the most dangerous striker in the Premier League. Along with Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah, Mane formed one of the most lethal attacking trios of the 21st century at Liverpool.
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Mane was the top scorer in the 2018/2019 season with 22 goals and won the Golden Boot in the Premier League. Mane has won one Premier League title, one Champions League title, one FA Cup and one League Cup with Liverpool.
In 269 appearances in all competitions for Liverpool, Mane scored 120 goals and provided 48 assists. Statistics that make it very deserving of being on this list.
4. Dennis Bergkamp (Arsenal)
Even though he is no longer playing, the Arsenal legend still deserves to be on this list. Bergkamp is one of the most elegant footballers to ever grace the Premier League and played a huge role in the Gunners’ most successful era under Arsene Wenger.
He has technical abilities that are very beautiful to watch. Some of his goals at Arsenal came in extraordinary fashion. Bergkamp joined the Gunners in 1995 and spent 11 years there before retiring from professional football.
Bergkamp was part of Arsenal’s ‘Invincibles’ and won 3 Premier League titles and 4 FA Cups. In 408 appearances in all competitions for Arsenal, the Dutchman scored 114 goals and provided 93 assists.
3. Eden Hazard (Chelsea)
Despite failing to play at his best since moving to Real Madrid in 2019, it cannot be denied that Eden Hazard’s days when he was in the Blues uniform were something very amazing.
The petite Belgian superstar was a delight to watch as he dribbled at his feet during his Premier League time. He can penetrate the opponent’s defenses easily thanks to his strong control, agility, and incredible speed.
Hazard is also able to provide long passes on target. During his stint at Chelsea, he won two Premier League titles, one FA Cup and two Europa League titles. In 351 appearances in all competitions for the Blues, Hazard scored 110 goals and provided 92 assists.
2. Sergio Aguero (Manchester City)
Sergio Aguero holds the record for most goals scored for a single club in the Premier League, having netted 184 times for Manchester City. In fact, Aguero is one of the greatest goalscorers of the 21st century and has been phenomenal for Man City since they rose to the top of the table over the last decade.
The Argentine striker’s iconic goal was last-minute against Queens Park Rangers on the final matchday of the 2011/2012 season. That goal made Manchester City carve out Premier League history.
Aguero is one of the best strikers to have ever played in the Premier League, and we are yet to see a striker who can replace Aguero’s prowess at Man City today.
In 389 appearances in all competitions for Man City, Aguero scored 260 goals and provided 73 assists. He won 5 Premier League titles, 6 League Cups and one FA Cup with Man City.
When Sergio Aguero won Manchester City the title with this 😍
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— GOAL (@goal) July 28, 2019
1. Wayne Rooney (Manchester United)
No teenager has ever terrorized the Premier League like 16-year-old Wayne Rooney did at Everton. Rooney joined Manchester United shortly after and that’s where history began to be carved beautifully.
He is known as a young attacker who has the courage to break through the opponent’s defense. Initially, Rooney wore the number 8 shirt at Manchester United, but he was later trusted to wear the No. 10 in 2007.
He was phenomenal for Man United and made all his team-mates grow with him. He doesn’t mind taking on the role of support for players like Cristiano Ronaldo, Carlos Tevez, Dimitar Berbatov or Robin van Persie.
In fact, Rooney made all of these players better by being a creator on several occasions. He won 5 Premier League titles, one Champions League title, one FA Cup and 3 League Cups with Manchester United. In 559 appearances in all competitions for the Red Devils, Rooney scored 253 goals and provided 146 assists.