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Barcelona confirm Frenkie De Jong, Carles Aleñá squad numbers

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The two young midfielders have new numbers

FC Barcelona Unveil New Player Frenkie de Jong Photo by Urbanandsport/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Barcelona confirmed on Monday the new squad numbers for midfielders Frenkie De Jong and Carles Aleñá, and the new signing will get to keep his Ajax number.

Aleñá, who made a switch from 26 to 21 in the middle of last season gets another number now as he’s agreed to give up the 21 shirt to De Jong, who has used the number both at Ajax and the Dutch national team. Before Aleñá for the last six months, other notable Barça players to wear the number 21 are former Barça player and manager Luis Enrique and do-it-all full-back Adriano Correia.

As for the number 19, there’s some nice history to it: Lionel Messi had it for two and a half years before Ronaldinho left and the number 10 became available. 2011 Champions League winner Maxwell also wore 19, and now it’s Aleñá’s turn to take it.

Good luck, boys!