After Messi’s departure, the number 10 shirt in Barcelona still has no new owner. Although Sergio Aguero was offered to wear this number, the Argentine striker refused the honor to choose the number 19.
About 2 days ago, a source from the Spanish press said that the Barcelona leadership would give the number 10 shirt to Coutinho – who seemed to have no future in the team. Ronald Koeman wants to give the Brazilian star one more chance to express himself and wearing the number 10 shirt will be the motivation for this player.
However, according to the latest information, Coutinho is not the owner of the number that Messi left at the Catalan team. The person who will wear the number 10 shirt in the 2021/22 season at Barcelona will be a big surprise, that is Ousmane Dembele.
Dembele will be the owner of the new number 10 shirt at Barcelona
The French midfielder is wearing the number 11 shirt at the club, but according to the management, Dembele is the best player to own the “honor” Messi left at the team. This star has the same speed and skillful dribbling and finishing with his left foot as the Argentine superstar.
However, what made everyone surprised is that because of injuries and unstable form, Dembele has not contributed too much to the team since joining Camp Nou for up to 105 million euros. . He is even on the list that can be sold earlier at the club.
Currently, Dembele is still injured after attending Euro 2020 with France and was absent from the club’s 4-2 victory over Real Sociedad in the first round of La Liga on August 16.
This will be a lot of pressure for the 24-year-old star
Giving Dembele the number 10 shirt is an honor but also a pressure for the 24-year-old star. Many fans are worried that the midfielder may not “fit” the shirt that Messi left at the team.
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Anyway, this is also a decision from the club’s leadership and this shows their faith in the French player.