Ansu Fati has been handed Lionel Messi’s No 10 shirt at Barcelona after the Argentine left the Nou Camp for Paris Saint-Germain this summer.
The 18-year-old, a product of the club’s famous La Masia academy, has been out of action since November 2020 after suffering a ruptured meniscus in a win over Real Betis but will take over the iconic jersey upon his return after financial issues prevented Barca from handing Messi a new contract.
Messi himself inherited the No 10 shirt from Ronaldinho after his departure in 2008.
Fati, seen as one of the most exciting young prospects in world football, made his debut for Barcelona in August 2019 and became the youngest player to score in La Liga for the club a week later in the 2-2 draw at Osasuna.
He scored his first Champions League goal for Barcelona in the win over Inter Milan in December 2019, becoming the competition’s youngest ever goalscorer in the process. In September last year he also became Spain’s youngest ever goalscorer in his country’s win over Ukraine.