Lionel Messi’s No 10 shirt at Barcelona has been given to Ansu Fati after the Argentine left the Nou Camp for Paris Saint-Germain this summer.
The 18-year-old, who has been out of action since November 2020 after suffering a ruptured meniscus in a win over Real Betis, will take over the iconic jersey upon his return.
Messi himself inherited the No 10 shirt from Ronaldinho after his departure in 2008.
A Barcelona statement said: “Ansu Fati has a new shirt number. After wearing the number 22 then 17, the young Barca striker will proudly wear the number 10 shirt – a famous jersey previously worn by legends such as Leo Messi, Ronaldinho and Rivaldo.
“Despite being just 18 years of age and still recovering from injury, Ansu Fati forms part of Barca's history as a record-breaker and also with the Spanish national side.
“Since his debut in August 2019, the youngster has set records in the league and Champions League. Just six days after his debut for the first team he became the youngest ever player to score in the league for FC Barcelona.
“A record-breaker who will now wear the magical number '10'.”
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