Barcelona forward Lionel Messi has revealed Ronaldinho told him to take his shirt, prior to him leaving in 2008.
Ronaldinho inherited the iconic No. 10 shirt from Riquelme and after scoring over 100 goals in over 200 matches, he left Barcelona in 2008.
And Messi has revealed in an interview with Barca TV that Ronaldinho promised him the No.10 shirt months before he announced he was leaving.
“Before leaving the club [Ronaldinho] was coming off a few months where he was thinking about things,” Messi said.
“He had it in his mind that he was leaving and he told me to have his number. I took it without looking at what he had done with the shirt. If I did, I would not have taken it.”