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Forgotten Chelsea No 9 labelled 'the new Maradona' now plays in Turkey

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Chelsea's No 9 shirt curse stretches back so far that you'd be forgiven for forgetting every player to have struggled while wearing it - and Franco Di Santo slips the mind more than most.He was given the honour, if it can be called that at this point, of being handed the shirt for the 2008/09 season, despite having just spent half a year in the Blues' reserve side.

It would have come as a shock for not only the 19-year-old, but also the club's fanbase.But Di Santo had scored at a rapid rate in his youth team outings and also netted twice in pre-season.

What's more, he'd been labelled 'the new Maradona' in his native Argentina prior to his £3.4million signing.READ MORE: Eight Premier League flops who were somehow sold for profit despite struggling spellsHowever, while he wore a starting XI number, he was limited to substitute appearances behind first-choice pair Didier Drogba and Nicolas Anelka.

He didn't start a game in the entire season, which proved to be his one and only shot at Stamford Bridge.Di Santo was loaned out to Blackburn Rovers the following campaign, before leaving to fellow Premier League side Wigan Athletic the next year.

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