Barcelona fans have their new number ten. The heir to the throne. After 13 years of Lionel Messi wearing such an iconic number, youngster Ansu Fati will become the player to wear number ten for FC Barcelona. The club announced the news this morning after the departure of Antoine Griezmann and the signing of Luuk De Jong.
18-year-old Ansu has taken responsibility for the number after new signing Kun Aguero and Philippe Coutinho declined the offer proposed by the club in recent weeks.
"Ansu Fati has a new shirt number. After wearing the number 22 then 17, the young Barça striker will proudly wear the number 10 shirt - a famous jersey previously worn by legends such as Leo Messi, Ronaldinho and Rivaldo."Barcelona statement on Fati´s new number
Ansu's new number selection occurred due to the lack of candidates for this iconic number. In addition, La Liga demands every team to register players through the first 25 numbers, which forced FC Barcelona to give Messi's number ten to one of their squad players.
The Ansu Fati Era
The decision to give Ansu the iconic ´10´ shows the Catalan club's confidence in the progression of the 18-year-old sensation. Despite his age, everyone in Barcelona sees Fati as their star of the future.
However, the player has been dealing with a knee injury for ten months. Moreover, Ansu was taken to surgery three times to repair the damaged knee. An injury that has Barcelona fans worried if he will ever reach his full potential.
Nevertheless, Ansu has fully recovered and will soon make his season debut after the International break. If the youngster continues to play at a high level as he did before the injury, we could be up against a new era at FC Barcelona. The Ansu Fati era.