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Sergio Aguero Reveals Why He Rejected Lionel Messi's No.10 Shirt at Barcelona

Arjun Singh Devgan
Sergio Aguero joined Barcelona on a free transfer once his Manchester City contract expired
Sergio Aguero joined Barcelona on a free transfer once his Manchester City contract expired / David Ramos/Getty Images
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Barcelona striker, Sergio Aguero has revealed that he turned down the chance wear the famous No. 10 jersey offered by the club, due to the respect he has for close friend and club legend, Lionel Messi.

Aguero joined the Catalan giants from Manchester City in the summer on a free transfer after his contract with the Premier League champions expired in the hope of lining up alongside Messi for the first time in their club career.

However, Barcelona's huge financial debts meant that they were unable to offer the record six-time Ballon d'Or award winner a new deal, which led him to move to Paris Saint-Germain for free - in what was arguably the biggest transfer in club football history.

The 34-year-old's departure meant that the No.10 shirt was free with the likes of Aguero and Philippe Coutinho apparently being offered the famous jersey. In the end though, it was 18-year-old sensation, Ansu Fati who was been entrusted with the jersey, while Aguero took No. 19 "out of respect" for his compatriot.

"Refusing to wear the number 10 shirt at Barcelona? It wasn’t that I didn’t want to, but it was out of respect for Messi," Aguero told Twitch streamer, Ibai Llanos.

The striker for his part is currently injured and is yet to feature for his new club and it will be interesting to see whether he can lead Barcelona to trophies this season, once he returns to full fitness.

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