Napoli’s No. 10 jersey, famously worn by club legend Diego Maradona, is considered sacrosanct, but could be inherited by Lorenzo Insigne.
The 26-year-old Naples native has been touted as potentially worthy of the jersey that the club retired in 2000 in honour of the Argentinean playmaker who helped them win two Scudetti between 1984 and 1991.
“I am not frightened by the idea of wearing the 10, but Maradona is always Maradona,” Insigne told Sky Sport Italia.
“I always said that I hope one day it does get put back into rotation because it is the dream of every striker to wear it and all youngsters must have that ambition too.
“As for me, I’m happy to keep hold of 24, as it’s my wife’s birthday. It’s not true that I requested the 10 shirt and I think if it was to be assigned again, that decision would be down to Diego and not the club.”
Napoli’s No. 10 is one of Serie A’s most iconic retired jerseys, alongside Paolo Maldini’s No. 3 at Milan, and Javier Zanetti's No. 4 at Inter Milan.