Barcelona star Sergio Aguero explains why he turned down Lionel Messi’s No 10 shirt

La Liga 'lacking star player' after Messi's Barcelona exit

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Sergio Aguero became synonymous with the No 10 shirt in his time at Manchester City, and it was expected that he would take it again following his transfer to Barcelona this summer.

But the Argentina international turned down the offer – instead admitting that he gave it to Ansu Fati as he is a better fit for the famous shirt.

It was left by Barcelona’s greatest ever player Lionel Messi over the summer as he left for Paris Saint-Germain.

And having played with Messi for a decade in the Argentina national team, it was thought Aguero would take his number.

But it wasn’t to be – with ‘Kun’ instead passing it up to Barcelona’s latest prodigy Ansu Fati.

And the Buenos Aires-born talisman has offered his reasoning for his decision.

“I chose number 19 because it was available, and I wear it with the Argentina national team,” Aguero said.

“The players asked me to take the No.10, but I refused. In fact, the No.10 looks good on Ansu Fati.

“Ansu is still a young player and it is difficult to stay at a high level all the time.

“As experienced players, we do our best to help the youngsters. Ansu has a lot of talent and he trains a lot.

“We are fortunate that he is in Barcelona.”

Fati has become a key part of Barcelona’s future having scored six goals in his last ten La Liga games.


And Ronald Koeman will be hoping Aguero can guide him through the early days of his career after the pair were both injured.

“Aguero? He’s an important player. He’ll be better with the passing of time,” Koeman said.

“It’s not a question of quality, it’s just a condition problem.”

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