Barcelona have seemingly announced their squad numbers for the season with a major update on Lionel Messi’s number 10.
The footballing world was rocked earlier this week when it was announced Messi would be leaving the club due to financial issues.
It’s come as a massive shock to the Catalan giants, who had an agreement with Messi but have been prevented from re-signing him by La Liga.
That is reflected in their numbers for Sunday’s Joan Gamper Trophy clash with Juventus – with the number 10 shirt being left VACANT.
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Summer signings Memphis Depay and Sergio Aguero have been included in the squad and given their numbers.
Depay will be wearing the number nine shirt which previously belonged to Martin Braithwaite.
That means Braithwaite will be wearing the number 12 that belonged to La Masia graduate Riqui Puig, who has now shifted to number six.
Aguero will don the number 19, which was Messi’s shirt number until he took the iconic number 10 in 2008.
Teenage sensation Ansu Fati now wears number 17 after Francisco Trincao’s loan move to Wolves.
Emerson Royal, who arrives from Real Betis, occupies 22.
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Check out the entire squad list below:
1 – Marc-Andre ter Stegen
2 – Sergino Dest
3 – Gerard Pique
4 – Ronald Araujo
5 – Sergio Busquets
6 – Riqui Puig
7 – Antoine Griezmann
8 – Miralem Pjanic
22 – Emerson Royal
23 – Samuel Umtiti
26 – Inaki Pena
🔵🔴 The squad numbers for the Joan Gamper Trophy! Sunday at 9:30pm CEST
— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) August 7, 2021
Messi is likely to sign a deal with Paris Saint-Germain in the coming days and he’ll give a press conference at the Camp Nou on Sunday morning.
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