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Fati inherits Messi's No 10 shirt at Barca

  • Published at 03:16 pm September 2nd, 2021
Ansuman Fati

Before Messi, Barca's No 10 was worn by other players like Ronaldinho, Rivaldo or Romario, all Brazilians

Barcelona's 18-year old striker Ansu Fati is to inherit the No 10 shirt worn for years by Argentina legend Lionel Messi, the club said Wednesday. 

In a short clip published by the Catalans on social media, the teenager is thrown a blank shirt which he looks at quizzically before holding it up to the camera, where it is suddenly emblazoned with his name and the No 10. 

Fati joined the club's prestigious youth academy when he was just 10-years old.

There had been much speculation over who would take over the number after Messi's departure to Paris Saint-Germain in August after the Spanish club, indebted to the tune of 1.3bn euros ($1.6 bn), could no longer afford his spiralling salary. 

Before Messi, Barca's No 10 was worn by other players like Ronaldinho, Rivaldo or Romario, all Brazilians.

Fati, who was born in Guinea-Bissau, came to Spain when he was just seven, starting off at Seville before moving to Barca's youth academy in 2012.

He graduated to the first team in August 2019 when he was just 16, and made his international debut for Spain in summer 2020. 

He has been out of action since November, recovering from knee surgery.

In his 10 appearances before injury struck Fati scored five goals and provided two assists last season.

He only returned to training early in August. 

The hugely talented teenager has big boots to fill.

Messi, widely considered the most gifted player in the history of the game, won 35 trophies at the club which he joined as a 13-year old - including four Champions Leagues and 10 league titles while his 672 goals are a record for any of the top five European leagues.

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