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Barcelona leave number 10 shirt vacant

Max Cooper
Barcelona have not filled the number 10
Barcelona have not filled the number 10 / Soccrates Images/Getty Images
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Barcelona's famous number 10 jersey remains vacant for the club's trip to Getafe this weekend following the departure of legend Lionel Messi in the summer transfer window.

The 34-year-old left Camp Nou after more than 20 years of service with the Catalan giants, becoming their greatest ever player over the two decades. He was handed the number 10 jersey in 2008 following the departure of Ronaldinho, and quickly became synonymous with the shirt.

And Barça have preserved his legacy for the time being, after revealing their squad numbers ahead of Sunday's game against Getafe, with the number 10 jersey remaining vacant.

New signings Memphis Depay and Sergio Aguero steered clear of the prestigious shirt, with the Dutch forward choosing the number nine, and Manchester City's all-time leading scorer selecting 19.

Philippe Coutinho will wear the number 14 this season, while Rey Manaj now occupies the number 17, previously worn by Ansu Fati. That means Fati is now in need of a new jersey this season, and given that he is seen as the next superstar to come through La Masia's academy, he may be awarded the chance to fill Messi's boots and shirt.

Messi left Barcelona in the summer, after the club failed to find a way to register the Argentine following the expiration of his contract at the end of the 2020/21 campaign. The icon gave an emotional speech, admitting that he hadn't expected to leave the club so soon, before making the move to PSG.

The forward could be in line to make his first appearance for Les Parisiens on Sunday, after he was named in their squad to face Reims. Barça will have to make do without him however, as they welcome Getafe to Camp Nou.

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