Crazybola.com – Barcelona OFFICIALLY gave Lionel Messi’s legacy number 10 jersey to La Masia dropout wonderkid, Ansu Fati.
This is certainly the first good news after the close of the transfer market this summer. Now, the player who has entered the final phase of his knee injury recovery will be a new big hope for the Catalan club.
Ansu Fati, who made his Barca first-team debut with number 31 and wore number 22 last season, will still wear number 17 this year.
However, the 18-year-old wonderkid has accepted the challenge of wearing the jersey previously worn by the best players Barcelona have ever seen. This number has been worn by Messi since 2008, but previously worn by great players such as Ronaldinho and Rivaldo.
The number 10 shirt at the Blaugrana was originally said to be given to Philippe Coutinho who was originally going to be discarded, but then Ronald Koeman will rely on it this season. Until finally the speculation was refuted, because Coutinho, who sat on the bench in the match against Getafe last weekend, was still wearing the number 14.
Currently, Ansu Fati has not played since November last year due to a serious injury that has also forced him to go up to the operating table. But now he is back in full training and Barca hope he will be fully fit again this September, and slowly integrate with the games that Barca have to play this season.
Barcelona reportedly had to lose Ansu Fati last season, after his recovery process did not go according to time and he had to undergo surgery to fully recover. Until March 2021, he was still struggling to recover from the meniscus injury he suffered, and at that time never fully recovered.
But a month later, Barca got good news about the condition of the young player. Coach Ronald Koeman immediately took Ansu to Seville, where Barca won the Copa del Rey trophy after beating Athletic Bilbao in the final.
At that time, the new treatment he underwent had given encouraging results. Ansu’s knee is said to have responded well, so he doesn’t have to go up to the operating table again. Previously, the Guinean-born player underwent surgery in November 2020, shortly after he suffered the injury.
Then, Ansu Fati underwent another operation for the second time in January 2021, and by that time his setback had made him scheduled for a third operation. Luckily, soon his condition improved, and continued to improve, until the Barcelona wonderkid did not need to enter the operating room again.