In eleven chapters on ten enigmas (plus one forgotten 'nearly man' who makes it to the bench), Richard Williams unravels the fact, legend and myth of the shirt number that encapsulates everything that excites about the beautiful game. It covers: Puskas of Hungary in the '50s; Pele of Brazil and Gianni Rivera of Italy in the '60s; Platini of France in the '70s; Diego Maradona of Argentina in the '80s; Baggio and Zidane in the '90s. The most magical supremely talented footballers of the post-war period have all worn the Number 10 shirt.
Richard Williams writes for the Guardian. His previous books include Enzo Ferrari: A Life and The Death of Ayrton Senna.