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Sergio Romero Confused By Argentina’s Decision To Protect Messi's Shirt Number

Sergio Romero Confused By Argentina’s Decision To Protect Messi's Shirt Number

Argentina's campaign for the 2018 World Cup didn't end well. Actually, they were pretty bad. You can see why a lot of pressure was put on Lionel Messi, especially as he was instrumental in scraping through the qualifying rounds. But it's no surprise that his international future is still a talking point.

The five-time Ballon d'Or winner might be taking a break from international duty to rethink his future, but it would seem that Argentina aren't allowing any players to take his number 10 shirt in the hope that he returns to the team.

Credit: Press Association
Credit: Press Association

Some people might understand why they want to keep the door open for the Argentine magician, but Sergio Romero doesn't understand the logic for it.

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"The No 10 jersey has always been used," he told TyC Sports (via Goal).

"I don't understand why it's not being used now. I haven't asked. I haven't enquired. I had no idea that it wasn't going to be used.

"In all the friendlies, it has always been available. Probably, for some reason, it will not be used now. I just found out."

Credit: Press Association
Credit: Press Association

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The Manchester United 'keeper isn't done there. Nope. He thinks that if a number is vacant - even Messi's - then anyone in the team should be able to use it.

"If Leo returns, it's normal that he is the owner of the No.10 and the captain's armband - no-one on the inside or outside has any doubt about that.

"But if it's a number that is available for a friendly and Leo is not here, then anyone can use it. We already know that if he is here, it will be his, so then there's no problem."

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Should Argentina keep the number 10 shirt open for Messi?

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Topics: Lionel Messi, Sergio Romero, Argentina

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Adnan Riaz

Adnan Riaz is a journalist for SPORTbible. He studied for a B.A. in History at the University of York and followed it up with an M.A. in Multimedia Journalism at MMU. Before he started writing about sports, he spent over four years in the gaming press. He has worked for several publications, including Hardcore Gamer, LADbible and the Manchester Evening News. Follow him on Twitter to find out what he is working on next. Got a story tip for Adnan? Email him: [email protected]