Lionel Messi’s departure left Barcelona’s sales of no.10 jersey donned by Ansu Fati flop badly

Lionel Messi left a void to fill for Barcelona after his departure to PSG in 2021 as the former no. 10 was at the heart of everything for the Blaugrana including the revenues and financial stability of the club.

Barcelona named Ansu Fati as Lionel Messi’s successor to the club after handing the no. 10 jersey to the Spanish forward back in 2021.

But as it appeared, it was rather a desperate decision than a realistic one after the youngster failed to deliver up to the expectation and the selling of the new no. 10 jersey has drastically reduced following the exit of the little magician.

During his time at Barcelona, Messi established himself as one of the best players in the world, breaking numerous records and winning numerous awards and titles some of his most notable achievements during his time at Barcelona include:

• 7 Ballon d’Or awards

• 4 Champions League titles

• 10 La Liga titles

• 7 Copa del Rey trophies

Despite his success at Barcelona, Messi’s later time at the club was filled with controversy as in 2020, he announced to leave the club, citing issues with the club’s management. However, he eventually decided to stay for the 2020-2021 season, before eventually transferring to Paris Saint-Germain in August 2021.

Fati made his first team debut for Barcelona in August 2019, at the age of 16, becoming the youngest player to play for the club in La Liga. Despite his young age, he quickly established himself as a key player for the team, scoring several important goals and providing assists for his teammates.

In the 2019-2020 season, Fati became the youngest player to score in the Champions League, and he was also named the Golden Boy (awarded to the best young player in Europe) at the end of the season. He continued to play a key role for Barcelona in the 2020-2021 season, helping the team win the Copa del Rey.

With now potential rumors of his exit from the club emerging, it could be possible that the no. 10 jersey for Barcelona will be vacant again, but Xavi believed another way as he is optimistic about Fati’s future at the club.

The jersey selling of Ansu Fati’s jersey is surprisingly not even among the top six of his club teammates as the likes of Lewandowski, Gavi, Pedri, Raphinha, and Dembele lead the charts.

Barcelona could possibly take the no.10 away from the Spaniard as their financial crisis didn’t allow them to afford such debilitate condition as a large part of their income has come from this and they will be eyeing to raise the number as higher as they can.


Salah Uddin Rafi

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Sports Content Writer. Covering F1, Tennis, Naskar and mostly Soccer. Graduated from Jahangirnagar University. A game of football is relentlessly uncompromised because passion runs thick through the veins.


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