Lionel Messi left FC Barcelona two decades later, and since his departure earlier this summer, the question has been asked who would be brave enough to inherit his number 10 shirt. ? Now, the club has announced that the number will go to teenager Ansu Fati, who will return to the team as the first player to wear the number 10 after the club legend.
Of course, donating the number 10 shirt comes with a big responsibility. The player will be seen as Macy’s heir, and with that comes a lot of pressure. However, the 18-year-old accepted the challenge while other established names in the squad refused to take it.
Upon Messi’s departure, Barcelona captain Gerard Pique said he had asked new signer Sergio Aguero to take the number. He seemed a natural choice, due to the fact that he wore the number for many years with both Atletico Madrid and Manchester City. Not only that, he and Macy are close childhood friends, and that seems like a good way to move the torch. However, Argentina chose the number 19 instead.
Philippe Coutinho was then touted as the next possible player to wear the No. 10 shirt, when it became clear that he would be with Barcelona this season. However, the Brazilian also missed the opportunity and was stuck at number 14.
Whether inherited as needed or with full consent, Fatty looked as happy wearing her new Barcelona kit as video Shared by the club.
More than anything, Fatty will be happy to finally return to competitive action. The youngster had a successful season last year, but unfortunately suffered a knee injury in November. Since then, four surgeries have been needed to resolve the issue and the complications that come with it.
Last week, reports surfaced that his latest surgery seems to have finally worked out, and he will be slowly reintroduced to the team after the international break.