Frenkie de Jong would’ve loved Lionel Messi’s number ’10’

EINDHOVEN, NETHERLANDS - NOVEMBER 28: Lionel Messi of Barcelona in action during the Group B match of the UEFA Champions League between PSV and FC Barcelona at Philips Stadion on November 28, 2018 in Eindhoven, Netherlands. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

Dutch midfielder Frenkie de Jong joked with the idea of possibly getting Lionel Messi’s number ’10’ jersey at Barcelona when he arrived next summer.

The biggest news in Spanish football for the last couple of days has been Frenkie de Jongs transfer to FC Barcelona, a deal that was completed last Wednesday and will have the Dutchman playing alongside the likes of Lionel Messi.

The Argentine forward was reportedly crazy for getting the Ajax midfielder signed, which is something that motivated De Jong for making his final decision.

The player is set to start his new journey at FC Barcelona next summer, he will finish the current season at Ajax in all competitions and then report to the manager on July 1st.

During an interview with De Telegraaf, Frenkie opened up about the number he could use at the Catalan club and joked with the idea of possibly taking it away from Lionel Messi.

But all kidding aside, the player revealed that he still hasn’t decided which number he will sport for the rest of his career at Barcelona and he is possibly waiting for any changes that happen by the end of the season.

The Spanish giants are expected to get rid of at least one of the big players in the squad, the money right now is on Brazilian Philipe Coutinho who hasn’t lived up to the hype since he arrived from Liverpool.

Another option for FC Barcelona is to sell Croatian midfielder Ivan Rakitic, who has come a long way since he arrived in the club from Sevilla and possibly has already fulfilled a cycle as he approaches the final stages of his career.

As we all know, Ivan Rakitic sports the number ‘4’ jersey, a traditional number at FC Barcelona that have worn historic players like Ronald Koeman or Pep Guardiola.

It would be only fitting for Frenkie to follow in those footsteps once Ivan Rakitic decides to call it quits, this scenario is more plausible than the jokes De Jong made in regards to taking Lionel Messi’s number ’10’.

Because as we all know by now, the Argentine will wear this jersey until the day he decides to retire. Hopefully for all football fans, that day won’t come any time soon.

But that number ‘4’ jersey does seem like the most likely path for the Dutch midfielder, he fits the position and has what it takes to become the next great FC Barcelona player.

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But even Ivan Rakitic’s exit from the club is not a sure thing, mainly because manager Ernesto Valverde has repeatedly said that the Croatian midfielder is a key player in his squad.

Frenkie de Joong has been talking to several news outlets during these past two days, but the very first interview he offered was to Dutch outlet De Telegraaf because they were the ones with the inside information and the very first outlet that spoke about the specifics of De Jong’s transfer from Ajax to Barcelona.

The player granted an interview where he discussed several topics, but the subject of the number he will wear was specifically addressed.

“No, there is still no number on that jersey. That will come later. Yes, I would obviously love wearing the number ’10’ jersey but I think someone is already playing with it at Camp Nou,” he laughed.

“Lionel Messi, I think. That number won’t be mine. He is the best and I believe it’s an honor to be his teammate.”

“Right now, I really can’t picture myself next to him on a football pitch. However, I won’t be some kind of tourist who only enjoys Messi play.”

“I am doing everything I can in order to become a fundamental player for FC Barcelona,” he concluded.

Which number would you prefer Frenkie de Jong could wear at FC Barcelona? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.