Marseille manager Andre Villas-Boas has suggested FIFA should retire the number ten shirt from the entire professional game to honour the late Diego Maradona.
The legendary football icon passed away on Wednesday, aged 60, after suffering a cardiac arrest in his home. He became synonymous with the number throughout his playing career, donning the No.10 during spells with Napoli, Barcelona and Boca Juniors, as well as the national team.
"And Maradona yes it is tough news, I would like FIFA to retire the number ten shirt in all competitions, for all teams. It would be the best homage we could do for him. He is an incredible loss for the world of football," said Villas-Boas.
The diminutive magician famously guided Argentina to World Cup victory in 1986 wearing the number ten and formed a great affection for the jersey.
Maradona is famously quoted as once saying: “No matter what happens, and no matter who is in charge, the number ten shirt will always be mine.”
He wore the No.10 during spells with several sides, but it was arguably in Naples where he left the biggest legacy after guiding Gli Azzurri to two Serie A titles, the Coppa Italia and the UEFA Cup during his time in Italy.
Club president Aurelio de Laurentiis has revealed plans to rename the stadium from Stadio San Paolo to San Paolo-Diego Armando Maradona in tribute to the fallen star, while his home nation has announced three days of national mourning for the country's most famous footballer.
Argentina's President Alberto Fernandez also offered the presidential palace for the footballer's funeral as thousands of fans gathered in areas linked to the life of one of the greatest players to have ever played the beautiful game.