Picking the right number is essential when you join a new club.
Memphis Depay, Antonio Valencia and Angel Di Maria will all attest to this, having been weighed down by the significance of Man United’s no.7.
Yerry Mina didn’t have much choice when it came to picking his number at Barcelona.
La Liga rules mean first-team players have to wear a number between 1 and 25.
With Barcelona’s no.7 being taken up by Philippe Coutinho that left just the no.24 free.
But that doesn’t mean it’s a number that lacks significance at the Nou Camp.
Carles Puyol wore no.24 between 2000 and 2002, going on to win six La Liga titles and three Champions League among other honours at Barcelona.
Andres Iniesta picked the number up and ran with it until taking the no.8 in 2007.
What Iniesta hasn’t won during his time at Barcelona probably isn’t worth winning.
Yaya Toure then inherited Iniesta’s old number, wearing it for three seasons.
Just the two league titles, Champions League, Spanish Super Cup, Copa del Rey, UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup for him.
The last player to wear the number was Jeremy Mathieu, whose days at Barcelona were numbered as soon as it was revealed that he enjoyed a cigarette or four.
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