Brazilian superstar Philippe Coutinho has been offered the number 10 shirt at FC Barcelona after Lionel Messi vacated the iconic shirt in order to move to Paris Saint-Germain this summer in the transfer window.
It is obviously impossible to replace Messi at Barcelona with him being their all time top goalscorer and it always felt right for the club to simply retire the iconic number.
However, shockingly, Coutinho could take up Messi's shirt number, a number he has preferred in his career.
Despite being rather ineffective since his £142 million move in January 2018 from Liverpool, Mundo Deportivo reveal that manager Ronald Koeman is still counting on him.
The report adds that Coutinho understands the importance and added pressure that will come with him donning the number 10 from Messi, who had succeeded the great Ronaldinho to pick up the iconic number.
Earlier, it was heavily reported that Coutinho formed part of the fire-sale list Barcelona prepared in order to ensure Messi continues to stay on at the club.
But now, since Messi is gone, the Brazilian looks like he will play a senior role in post-Messi Barcelona.
Meanwhile, there have been many opinions on this topic from experts and pundits alike, but there actually is no definitive answer as to whether Coutinho will wear number 10 at Barcelona this season, or no.