Brazil had their fair share of legends wearing the number 10 shirts, and now it was Paqueta’s turn to take over the number.
This prompted a lot of controversy in Brazil.
The number 10 shirt means a lot in Brazil. Some of the recent stars to wear it include Neymar, Kaka, Ronaldinho, Ronaldo, etc.
Rivaldo himself also wore this special number. However, he is all but happy with Paqueta getting to wear it.
“I watched the match between Brazil v Argentina and was very sad to see what happened with the number 10 shirt,” Rivaldo wrote on Instagram, quoting Givemesport.
“They gave the shirt to Paqueta against Argentina. A shirt that is respected worldwide.
“This shirt is not meant to be on the bench, let alone go off at half-time. It is the shirt the world knows and respects because it was worn and honoured by Pele, Rivelino, Zico, Rivaldo, Kaka, Ronaldinho, Neymar.”
Rivaldo – “It is known by all because it was worn by Pele, Rivelino, Zico, Rivaldo, Kaka, Ronaldinho and Neymar. I don't blame the player but Tite and his staff who know the weight of that number. They don't have to burn a 22 year old who can have a great future.” pic.twitter.com/f1fJCom8Ao
— Brasil Football 🇧🇷 (@BrasilEdition) November 16, 2019
Rivaldo’s words make sense. Paqueta isn’t an unestablished name in the world of football yet. His performances at AC Milan this season are underwhelming, too.