The Perfect 10

"Football is an art, like dancing is an art - but only when it's done well does it become an art. I believe the target of anything in life should be to do it so well that it becomes an art." Arsene Wenger.

Football in England can seem more like war than art, but to watch Zinedine Zidane kill a grenade of a pass on his chest with the same delicacy as a net catches a butterfly is to capture a moment that seems to pause time, to reduce the frenetic nature of modern life to a slow walk on a sandy beach. A Messi nutmeg, a slalom run from Maradona, a Ronaldinho backheel, a Puskas volley, a Pele pass no-one else sees (except Carlos Alberto), a Bergkamp dummy, a Cruyff turn, a Rivellino elastic dribble, a Platini feint; these are the moments when sport transcends its confines to become art.

What the aforementioned share, beyond genius, is that a No.10 adorned their backs. Even today when squad numbers have rendered obsolete 1-11s, football’s most celebrated digit retains a mythical quality. For Maradona see Messi, for Pele read Neymar; the baton is passed as much through a number as it is nationality.

To celebrate football’s true artists, those that treat the ball as a painter does a brush, or a filmmaker a camera, Last Man Projects has commissioned The Studio of Ezra to produce a body of work that both captures and tries to make sense of Football’s Perfect Ten.

An exhibition and collection of original artworks and limited edition prints are scheduled for summer 2015.

Look right to discover a starter for ten…