Pass any park, field or playground in the days surrounding football's biggest occasions, and you will more than likely find a group of children playing the game we all love. More than that, they will be attempting to emulate their heroes: a run like Lionel Messi, a thunderous shot a la Edinson Cavani or practicing their golf swing in South America like Carlos Tevez.
Many will wear the shirt of a player they admire, his name and number emblazoned across their back in tribute to their current idol. In Italy, the No. 10 shirt takes on special significance, a hallowed garment that must always be honoured in the right way.
From the magic of Fiorentina’s mythical Giancarlo Antognoni, through Diego Maradona at Napoli to the current-day brilliance of Francesco Totti, it has been the exclusive property of the fantasisti, the playmakers and creators so beloved by fans of all ages.
Nowhere is this more true than at Juventus, where it has been seen on the back of Michel Platini, Roberto Baggio and, most recently, Alessandro Del Piero. Yet it may well be the case that the No. 10 is not even Juve’s most famous shirt, that another number could have provided more inspiration, more glory and indeed an even greater list of legends.
The goalkeeper of Juventus has often been the finest stopper of his generation, and over the following pages are the top five of all time.