Argentina star mocks Barca's new No. 10

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African-born Spanish sensation Ansu Fati, who recently inherited Lionel Messi's former No. 10 shirt at FC Barcelona, was reportedly mocked by an Argentina star earlier this week. 

Benfica defender Nicolas Otamendi appears to have taunted Fati over his new jersey number when the pair met in the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday. 

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The Blaugrana suffered an embarrassing 3-0 defeat on the night, and when the 18-year-old fouled the former Manchester City defender during the tie, Otamendi poked fun at the teenager wearing Barca's famed No. 10 shirt by sarcastically asking him, "Are you Leo?", per Sport Bible. 

Following Messi's exit from the Camp Nou in August, there were many calls for the jersey number to be retired. However, LaLiga rules dictate that each club is required to assign their senior squad members numbers between one and 25. 

Several stars are believed to have snubbed the shirt, including Philippe Coutinho, before it was later taken by Fati.

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The Guinea-Bissau-born teenager's father was said to be so ecstatic when it was revealed that his son would be the Blaugrana's new No. 10 that he bought eight replica jerseys soon after the announcement. 

"I couldn't sleep," Fati senior told Deportes Cuatro. 

"I said to myself, as soon as the shop opens, I've got to be there. 

"I have no words to describe what it means that Ansu inherits the 10 from Leo Messi. I have no words. It is a moment of emotion that must be kept forever." 

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