Chelsea midfielder Oscar targets famous No.10 shirt
Chelsea midfielder Oscar is aiming to fully claim the Brazil No.10 shirt in the near future.
The young midfielder sealed a switch to Stamford Bridge from Internacional this summer, for a fee understood to be about £25m.
He is currently representing the Seleção at the London 2012 Olympics and he is hoping that he can see off competition from the likes of Ganso to claim the famous shirt.
Oscar said: "I know that I've been helping the team quite a lot.
"I need to put in some high-level performances in friendlies. And I think that I've proved that I've got the ability to become the No.10 for the senior Seleção too."
The No. 10 shirt was made famous by one of the game's all-time greats, Pelé, and the midfielder admits his pride to be emulating a legend.
He added: "I have always worn the No.10 shirt when I played at lower levels and, obviously, my reference point was always Pele and then Ronaldinho.
"I am proud to follow in their footsteps and hope I will be worthy of it."
The 20-year-old has already made six appearances for Brazil at full international level and he played a key role as Ney Franco's side won the Under-20 World Cup in 2011, scoring a hat-trick in the final.
During the tournament in Columbia Oscar incidentally wore the No. 11 shirt, which he has also been given at Chelsea, with Juan Mata currently occupying the No. 10 for the Premier League club.
On the matter of Saturday’s gold medal final against Mexico, he said: “It has been 24 years since Brazil have been in the final, which shows how difficult it is to get there.
“It took us a while to get going against South Korea. But you saw this maturity in the players. In previous games, Brazil may have lost.
“In the dressing-room, the players are very calm, not over-euphoric about being in the final. I expect a very difficult game.”