There was a time when football used to be a sport played for love and talent alone. 11 players on the team were rightly numbered from 1 to 11 according to their starting positions on the field. The goalkeeper being the #1 to the striker with the #11 jersey. The #10 was given to the best all-rounder who could provide support to both midfielders and the main strikers.
However, as the days progressed, and people’s awareness grew of both the sport and the people playing it, it became somewhat of a talismanic number to wear a preferred numbered jersey. The fans, as well as the players, grew attached to it and thanks to the numerous superstitions of sportsmen, they seeped into the very fabric of the game.