Why Griezmann won’t have his favorite number 7 shirt at Barcelona despite Coutinho leaving

Antoine Griezmann will not be able to wear his preferred number 7 shirt at Barcelona despite it being vacant.

The shirt was worn by Brazilian Phil Coutinho, whose move to German champions Baryen Munich was announced today but despite that, Griezmann will still not be able to inherit it.

Spanish Football Federation rules clearly stipulate that a player must have the same number in each of the official games they play throughout the entire season.

The Frenchman wore the number 17 shirt in Barcelona’s opening game of LaLiga, a 1-0 defeat away to Athletic Bilbao, meaning he will have to wait untill next season to be able to wear his favourite jersey number.

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