Diego Maradona. Juan Roman Riquelme. Pablo Aimar. Kaka.
They’re all regarded as some of the most stylish players to ever grace the game.
And what do they have in common? They’re all beautifully traditional number 10s.
But according to one of the modern game’s finest exponents of the role, the position might not be around for much longer.
James Rodriguez’s exhilarating performances at the 2014 World Cup captured the hearts and imaginations of purists and hipsters alike.
But the Bayern Munich star – on loan from Real Madrid – believes the number 10 position is now suffering because of the changing tactical shape of the game and the increased emphasis on physicality.
He told Bundesliga officials: “I think there are no more classic number 10s left in the world.
“Eight or ten years ago it was different, because the number 10 was a regular position.
“Today those who use the number 10 are wingers or box to box midfielders.
“Football today is tactical and very physical, with no place for a number 10.”
Does Rodriguez have a point?
Certainly in recent years the number of out and out wingers – when you think the likes of Gareth Bale tend to play more centrally now – appears to have declined too.
Or will the number 10 have a renaissance?