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Barca is making the Brazilian striker ‘Messi’

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Lionel Messi left Barcelona in the summer of 2021. However, what he did before, changed the history of the club radically. After the departure of the Argentine superstar, the Catalan club has been looking for his successor. Sometimes playing someone in Messi’s place, or putting his jersey number on someone. But Barca did not succeed in any plan.

Due to this trend, Barca has drawn the young Brazilian striker to the team. The Spanish club sees an impression of the ‘young’ Messi in the 18-year-old Hotch. Not only that, the ‘Messi’ jersey is also given to Hotch.

Hotch may make his debut in the Barca jersey against Las Palmas in La Liga on Thursday. The Brazilian youngster, who has just joined the Spanish club from Atletico Paranense, will be seen playing in the ’19’ jersey in that match.

In the 2005-06 season, Messi made his debut in the first team from Barca’s ‘B’ team. The Argentine talent started by donning the number 19 jersey. At that time, the Spanish club was all focused on the Brazilian star Ronaldinho. He also wore the club’s iconic number 10 jersey.

Messi gradually began to pull all the lights towards himself. When Ronaldinho left the club after two seasons, the Argentine legend took the number 10 jersey. Before this, Messi scored 33 goals in 76 matches in jersey number 19 for Barcelona.

Messi put on the number 10 jersey, changed history, left the club two and a half years ago. Before leaving the club, Messi raised himself to such a level that goals were scored after Messi left the club. Then Barca began to feel the lack of Argentine stars.

Barca tried to bring back the ‘new Messi’ by handing the ’10’ jersey to Ansu Fati, who came out of the academy after Messi left. After not being able to bring back the ‘prime time’ Messi, the club finally looked for the ‘young’ Messi.

On that journey, the ‘young’ Messi handed over the number 19 jersey to stars like Martin Brathwaite, Ferran Torres or Sergio Aguero. Ivory Coast midfielder Frank Casey wore the 19 jersey last season.

In the current season, Barca’s position in attack is in Lezhegobor. It has an impact on the points list. After 18 matches in the league, the last champions are 7 points behind Real Madrid at the top of the list. Robert Lebendowski is Barca’s top scorer with ‘only’ 8 goals in the league so far. Second highest goalscorer Ferran Torres is just three goals to his name.

The club is strengthening the attack to solve the problem of strikers forgetting to score. Midway through the season, the Brazilian club Atlético Paranense brought in the insider. Hotch scored 12 goals in the Brazilian league last year. The 18-year-old, who scored 21 goals in all competitions, also made his national team debut.

The Brazilian striker has already trained with Xavi Hernandez’s team. Hotch will be seen wearing Messi’s number 19 jersey for the rest of the season. The matter has been confirmed on the club’s website.

Interestingly, 18 footballers have worn this jersey before for Barça. It goes without saying that Messi is the most talked about. Hotch is the 19th player to wear the ’19’ jersey. Let’s see, in the new jersey “Young Messi” can pull Barca or not Hotch!


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