Ansu Fati, the Barcelona superstar player, has insisted that wearing the No. 10 jersey after Lionel Messi does not bring additional pressure.
Fati was speaking at a press conference after signing a new deal until 2027 with his release clause rising to €1billion.
“It’s true that the No. 10 jersey has been worn by Leo [Messi] and many players but I’m calm.
“I know what I can bring to this team.
“For me it’s not a pressure. No one is going to be like Leo, no one is going to be like [former captains Carles] Puyol or Xavi [Hernandez]. No one is going to equal what Leo has done. I’m going to follow my own journey. I still haven’t done anything. I hope I can have a career like they have had.
“Any player could have worn the No. 10. I’m grateful that the captains offered me the number and luckily, I got it. It’s an extra motivation for me. I don’t look at the number but focus on what I can do on the pitch to help the team,” the 18-year-old said.
Messi joined Paris Saint-Germain this summer after Barca were unable to register his contract due to financial restraints.