By Mark Duckworth
The No. 9 shirt and the striker role arguably carry the most pressure and expectation of any position on the football pitch. For the Brazilian No. 9, the digit may carry even more than most.
For years the Brazilian No. 9 has been worn by the world’s best and World Cup winners – most notably Ronaldo. Ronlado wore the number nine of Brazil for three World Cups and at the moment sits atop the World Cup all-time scoring chart with 15 goals. Hoping to fill those big boots – and even bigger jersey – is Sevilla’s Luis Fabiano.