When Barcelona fans still dry their tears after Leo Messi left the Camp Nou, now that the Argentine has already debuted with the PSG shirt and that the fans assume that this was not just a bad dream, Barcelona is looking for new joys in their own house. And he trusts the return of Ansu Fati, another precocious and daring footballer, another 10 “made in La Masia”, says FC Barcelona, which announces with a special video broadcast on social networks this gray morning in Barcelona that the forward will be the heir to Messi’s number as he was in his day, in the summer of 2008, of the number worn by his friend Ronaldinho.
The news was taken for granted after contenders for the most emblematic number such as Philippe Coutinho and Frenkie de Jong had been left with other numbers. The Brazilian chose the 14, another number loaded with symbolism in the club of the cruyffism; the Dutchman keeps the 21. Dembélé inherits the 7 left by Griezmann. And it will be the young Fati, 18, who will wear the 10 for the Camp Nou when he can compete again.
The one from Guinea-Bissau is working in the last phase of his recovery after a serious injury to the internal meniscus of his left knee that has taken him to the operating room up to three times and has forced him to miss the last 10 months of competition, including the Eurocup and the Olympics. He was injured on November 7, in the league game against Betis and after a tackle by Mandi, and an arthroscopy was performed two days later. After doubts and recurrent problems of inflammation in the knee, he again underwent surgery up to two times. “He has worked like crazy. He has not taken a holiday, no beach … Nothing at all. He has only worried about returning because his greatest desire is to succeed in football and at the Camp Nou ”, revealed sources from the player’s environment days ago to EL PAÍS.
The work begins to bear fruit, as it happened when the tibia broke. Fati started running weeks ago. He returned to training with the team on August 24. And the technicians hope that it can count for Ronald Koeman in a week or two, after the selection break.
Despite his youth, Ansu Fati has already played 43 official matches with the first team. He counts 13 goals and 5 assists. And, what is more important, his impudence and his talent fall in love. When he puts on the Barça shirt that this year shows the Sant Jordi cross, he will no longer wear 22, but 10, like Messi and Ronaldinho, but also like Rivaldo, Romario, Stoichkov, Laudrup, Maradona or Kubala.
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