Who will use the 10 in Barcelona after Messi's departure to PSG?

After Lionel Messi's departure, Barcelona's 10 became vacant. Here is a review of the main candidates to wear that jersey and the details of its previous wearers.   

Barcelona post Messi
Barcelona post Messi

Barcelona begins a new era in which it will have to take the field without the most important player in its history, Lionel Messi. The Argentinean bid farewell to the institution and the fans in tears and will start a new path in world soccer. Among the biggest doubts will be whether someone will be in charge of wearing the mythical jersey with the number 10 left vacant.


Once Lionel Messi said his final farewell to Barcelona, the question that came to the minds of fans and soccer lovers was who should wear the 10 of Barcelona? The natural candidates that came up were Ansu Fati, Memphis Depay and Antoine Griezmann. These players will compete to wear on their backs this number with so much history in the Blaugrana club.

At the moment it seems that the club has not resolved this issue, and if so, it could be the first time since 1995 (when the fixed and personalized numbers were established) that FC Barcelona will take the field without a player wearing that number. Since then and until today, seven players have worn the number 10 on their backs.

The first was Angel Cuellar in the 1995-96 season, then Giovanni Silva (1996-1999), Litmanen used it between 1999 and 2000, then the Brazilians Rivaldo (2000-2002) and Ronaldinho (2003-2008), until finally Lionel Messi took possession of it (2008-2021).

The transfer window is still open and, according to the words of president Joan Laporta himself, new signings could still arrive. Wearing the 10 on the back is a very big responsibility for any player, the history of Barcelona and the players who wore that number left a mark on the club and today it is a number that means a lot for the Blaugrana institution.

The last Barcelona players to have worn the number 10

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