Tuesday, September 12, 2023

Barcelona and Nike agree on player to inherit Lionel Messi’s No.10 shirt

Barcelona are in agreement with Nike over who should take Lionel Messi’s famed No.10 shirt, according to reports.

The jersey had been occupied by Ansu Fati, who left the Catalan giants to join Brighton on-loan in the summer.

Messi’s famed No.10 shirt is now vacant at Barcelonagetty

Fati previously took over the iconic No.10 shirt, but has since joined Brighton on-loangetty

Messi looked set to re-inherit his famous shirt, having been linked with a move back to the Camp Nou.

The 36-year-old eventually joined David Beckham’s Inter Miami in the MLS, meaning the number is now vacant.

According to El Nacional, Nike pressurised Barca into selling Fati, originally suggesting the No.10 shirt would go to wonderkid Lamine Yamal.

However, the report adds Victor Roque is now in line to take up the shirt, with the manufacturer and the club already in agreement.

Yamal looked to be next inline for the famed jerseyGetty

Roque will join Barcelona in January from Brazilian side Athletico Paranaense.

The 18-year-old, who made his professional debut as a 16-year-old for Cruzeiro, joins the Catalan giants for an initial €30million [£25.7m].

He previously led the attack for Brazil in the South American U20 tournament in February.

The striker, did, in fact, end the tournament as top scorer with six goals.

Brazilian ace Roque is line to take up the famed No.10 at Barcagetty

Being able to play across the frontline, it enables Yamal to play alongside him on the wing.

Yamal came off the bench for Spain against Georgia on Friday to make history twice.

Aged 16 years and 57 days, he became La Rioja’s youngest men’s player, eclipsing Gavi who had previously held the record.

He then completed the scoring in the 7-1 rout, becoming his country’s youngest ever scorer.

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