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Report: Two Barca Stars Turn Down No. 10 Shirt

It has been claimed that two first-team Barcelona stars have rejected the chance to wear Lionel Messi's former No. 10 jersey at the Catalan giants.

Barca Make Final Decision On No. 10 Jersey?

The Daily Mirror has reported that Sergio Aguero has become the latest player at the Blaugrana to turn down the No. 10 shirt following Messi's departure two weeks ago.

The 33-year-old was said to be given the chance to inherit his close friend and Argentina teammate's jersey, but has instead opted to wear No. 19, as he revealed in a recent social media post.

This follows a report from earlier this week that former Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho had also refused the opportunity to don the shirt.

In a recent live stream on Twitch, defender Gerard Pique revealed that he told Aguero to wear the No. 10, but the ex-Manchester City striker seemingly felt it was not in his best interests.

Why would they not want to take the jersey number?

The No. 10 jersey is arguably the most iconic shirt number in football, with it being predominantly worn by attacking midfielders and strikers. At Barcelona, Messi inherited the number after Ronaldinho's exit from the Camp Nou in 2008, before going on to become the greatest player in the club's history.

People speak of the "weight" of a shirt number, which indicates that the jersey number in question has been donned by a legendary figure.

In this case, no player has played more games, scored more goals and won more trophies for the Blaugrana than Messi.

Here are 15 examples of retired shirt numbers! 

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