Why Lionel Messi Wore Neymar's No.10 Shirt For Paris Saint-Germain Last Night - Bliteoc

Why Lionel Messi Wore Neymar's No.10 Shirt For Paris Saint-Germain Last Night

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Lionel Messi wore the No.10 for the first time as a Paris Saint-Germain player last night in the Coupe de France penalty shoot-out defeat to Nice.

Having joined PSG on a free transfer in the summer, Messi reverted back to the No.30, the number he debuted with at Barcelona back in 2004.

There was talk that close friend and teammate Neymar had offered to give Messi the iconic No.10 shirt but the seven-time Ballon d'Or winner politely declined the gesture.

Last night, however, Messi was back wearing his most familiar number.

Lionel Messi is back to wearing the No.10 🤩 pic.twitter.com/ufiLc1ox1z

— International Champions Cup (@IntChampionsCup) January 31, 2022

Here is the reason why Lionel Messi is wearing No.10 Jersey for PSG vs Nice this night.

In the rules of Coupe de France, a team’s Starting XI must wear numbers 1-11 (and sub wears numbers below 25). Neymar was absent, leaving number 10 vacant for Messi to wear.#Sportlens360 pic.twitter.com/Rd1edPF95g

— Dammy Alagbe Dammydudu (@dammydudu) January 31, 2022

In the Coupe de France, France's main cup competition, the starting XI must wear the traditional 1-11 numbers - with subs wearing numbers below 25.

And because Neymar was out through injury, the No.10 was free and available for Messi to wear for a one-off.

In old-school fashion, no names were on the back of the shirts for the players during the clash at the Parc des Princes.

The round of 16 tie was a stalemate after extra time and went all the way to penalties, where Nice won 6-5.

Messi took PSG's first spot-kick and found the net but opposite goalkeeper Marcin Bulka, who is on loan from the Ligue One leaders, saved penalties from Leandro Paredes and Xavi Simons.

Former Bayern Munich defender Dante dinked his penalty down the middle in the highlight of the penalties, which was Messi's first ever shoot-out defeat at club level.