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The new playmaker who will replace Sebastián Córdova's number 10

The Chilean player, who arrived from Santos Laguna, will wear the dorsal number 10.

Will the new number 10 overcome the curse?
Will the new number 10 overcome the curse?

Diego Valdés, Chilean offensive midfielder will wear dorsal number 10 after Sebastian Cordova´s departure. The former Santos Laguna player will seek to revert the number 10 curse since the arrival of Argentinean player 'Rolfi' Montenegro.

In view of America's decision to hand over the number 10 to Diego Valdés, we look back at the best representatives who have worn the Azulcrema's historic number 10 and how it has been downgraded in recent years.

Players who wore the number 10 in America

Javier ‘Chalo’ Fragoso – 1960-70

Cristóbal Ortega -1979-80

Eduardo Bacas – 1981-87

Edú - 1989-92

Luis García - 1995-97

Cuauhtémoc Blanco - 98-2000 – 2002-04 y 2007

Fabián Estay – 2001-02

Hugo Castillo - 2002

Salvador Cabañas – 2009-10

Osvaldo Martínez - 2013-16

When did the curse of the number 10 begin?

With the departure of Cuauhtémoc Blanco in 2007, América's directors considered retiring the number '10' from the institution, however, in 2013 the same management ended up not following that proposal by handing the mythical number to Salvador Cabañas, who together with Oswaldo Martínez have been the only players to have successfully worn that number in recent years.

Players that were not successful wearing the dorsal number 10

'Rolfi' Montenegro

The Argentine midfielder was in charge of wearing the mythical dorsal, after Salvador Cabañas' departure from the institution, however, despite his great quality, he failed to show his level in Mexico and also failed to win a title with América.

Cecilio Domínguez

The Paraguayan midfielder wore the number '10' in 2017 given the great expectations due to his quality shown in Argentinean soccer, however, he failed to perform at the same level with América, as injuries and his irregular soccer were decisive for him to become one of the worst players to wear that number.

Giovani dos Santos

After a significant drop in his career, the Mexican offensive player fulfilled his dream of playing for the club of his love in Mexico, but he also failed to show his best level and with a series of injuries and a drop-in play, he ended up being one of the biggest disappointments of recent times at the club.

Sebastián Córdova

The management decided to give the legendary number to the Mexican midfielder, after great performances and representative celebrations in honor of Cuauhtémoc Blanco, however, since he began to wear the '10', his level went down to such an extent that he ended up leaving the club.

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