Why did Lionel Messi wear PSG’s No. 10 shirt against OGC Nice? Everything you need to know
Paris Saint-Germain suffered a shock exit at the hands of OGC Nice in the Coupe de France on Monday after a penalty shootout. The 5-6 penalty shootout defeat PSG suffered came in the Round of 16, which can be called embarrassing considering the squad they have built this season. Apart from the shocking defeat, the match also saw Lionel Messi wearing the No.10 shirt, which he was last seen in Barcelona colours.
PSG hands over the number 10 shirt to Lionel Messi
Lionel Messi’s shirt number at PSG is No. 30, however, he wore the No. 10 shirt which is usually donned by Neymar, during the Coupe de France game against Nice. Lionel Messi got the No.10 shirt due to the Coupe de France tradition. Numbers 2-4 are assigned to defenders, while numbers 6-8 are assigned to central midfielders. The numbers 7 and 11 belong to the wingers while the 10 is worn by the attacking midfielder. No. 9 is designated for the attacker. The Coupe de France follows the tradition that players in the starting XI will have to wear shirt numbers between 1 and 11 and that’s why Lionel Messi was given the No.10 shirt.
Summary PSG – OGC Nice
Reigning champions PSG were aiming for a record 15th trophy but fell short due to a strong football performance from OGC Nice. PSG coach Mauricio Pochettino’s decision not to start top scorer Kylian Mbappe backfired on OGC Nice who defended brilliantly. Kylian Mbappe finally came off the bench on the hour mark.
But by the time Mbappe stepped onto the pitch, a Nice defense led by veteran Brazilian Dante and former Barcelona centre-back Jean-Clair Todibo seemed set up. Lionel Messi didn’t have a great game as he struggled to make an impact. Left winger Justin Kluivert had his shot saved by the Nice goalkeeper shortly after the break while PSG midfielder Marco Verratti curled in a shot from a decent position midway through the second half.
Messi scored PSG’s first penalty, while Mbappe, Verratti, Draxler and Bernat all converted. Leandro Paredes missed the third penalty, while Xavi Simons missed the 6th penalty of the match, allowing Nice to reach the quarter-finals.