As Lionel Messi won’t renew his contract with Barcelona due to La Liga regulations and the financial situation of the club, it has been heavily speculated that the Argentinian will end up signing with the PSG to finally reunite with his long-time friend Neymar.
It’s not a secret to anyone that if Messi ends up signing with Paris-Saint Germain, a large part of his decision will have to do with his relationship with the Brazilian forward. Since both of them played together at Barcelona, from 2013 to 2017, their friendship has been strong.
It showed in the Copa America final, when Messi and Neymar shared an emotional hug after the last whistle. Even after that, they were caught laughing in the changing room tunnel. With that in mind, it wouldn’t be such a surprise if Neymar wanted to give the PSG No. 10 jersey to Leo Messi.
Will Messi wear Neymar PSG No. 10 jersey?
According to the French radio, RMC, Neymar offered Messi the No. 10 jersey to try to convince the Argentinian to play in PSG. However, Messi would have rejected it and thanked his friend for the gesture.
Messi has worn the No. 10 jersey in Barcelona since 2008, when he inherited it from Ronaldinho. Before that, the Argentinian also used the No. 19 jersey and the No. 30. Although both numbers are unavailable in PSG, some reports have stated these still are two possible options for him. The number 30 shirt could be given to him just like when he made his first team debut with Barca. Meanwhile, Ángel Di María has the No. 11, while Kylian Mbappé has the No. 7.
If Messi finally signs with PSG, he will have the following numbers to choose: 13, 25, 26, 28, 31, 32, 33 and 34. It certainly will be strange to watch Messi with another number than the iconic number 10 on his back.