Fati inherits number 10 shirt at Barcelona after Messi exit


Barcelona have looked to the future with Ansu Fati and given him the hallowed number 10 shirt left vacant by Lionel Messi.

Messi, 34, exited to Paris Saint-Germain this summer on a free transfer after the Catalans were unable to offer fresh terms because of their ongoing financial problems. Speculation about who would succeed him – or it would be left unused – was ended on Wednesday with a social media post showing Fati, 18, being presented with the iconic jersey.

“Our new number 10, made in La Masia,” it read.

Spain forward Fati has not played since a serious knee injury was picked up versus Real Betis last November. But he returned to training in August and is tipped to imminently add to a prodigious haul of 13 goals in 41 run-outs.

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