The Real Reason Why Lionel Messi Chose Number 30 Instead of Number 10 at PSG

Published 08/11/2021, 1:25 PM EDT


Lionel Messi shocked the world when he moved to Paris Saint Germain after leaving former club FC Barcelona. The Argentinians transfer from Spain to France was the talking point everywhere, as fans speculated whether he would wear the number 10 for PSG.

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However, he is not going to wear his old jersey number at PSG and instead will play with number 30 on his back. The move came as a surprise to several people, and there was a lot of speculation about Messi’s former teammate Neymar Jr. wanting to keep his number 10.

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However, reports have suggested that Neymar offered to make the number available to his close friend but that the record six-time Ballon d’Or winner rejected it and preferred to revert to one of his former numbers – 19 and 30. The Argentinian wore the number 30 in his debut season for Barcelona’s senior side and changed to 19 after two seasons.

The number 30 was already taken by backup goalkeeper Alexandre Letellier, who was more than happy to give his number up for Messi. The No. 30 is considered a goalkeeper number along with the No. 1 and No. 16 jerseys in the Ligue 1 as there are several complicated rules for jersey numbers.

However, Messi has found his fit and seems more than happy to don the shirt. He might feature for the club as early as this Saturday against Strasbourg in their second Ligue 1 fixture of the new season. The match will be played at PSG’s home, and the fans would love to see one of the greatest players of all time play for their club.

What position will Lionel Messi play at PSG?

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Messi routinely played on the right-wing at Barcelona, but his countryman Angel di Maria currently plays in that spot. However, PSG manager Mauricio Pochhetino might just play him in the central attacking midfielder spot to accommodate all four of Messi, Kylian Mbappe, Neymar Jr. and Di Maria.

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The French club has the best front three in the world now. Moreover, they have the likes of Sergio Ramos, Marquinhos and Presnel Kimpembe to keep things safe at the back. PSG might finally win the elusive UEFA Champions League crown this season.

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Aniket Awasthi

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Aniket Awasthi is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. This STEM undergraduate combines an insatiable urge to write with his admiration for MMA and the UFC in general to enhance his journalism. He calls charismatic names like Chael Sonnen and 'The Count' Michael Bisping as his favorite fighters, but he is a great admirer of the rise of Israel Adesanya ever since he fought Rob Wilkinson at UFC 221.

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