Philippe Coutinho handed legendary Barcelona No 7 shirt

Philippe Coutinho swaps squad number after first season at Barcelona

The Brazil global was given the No 14 jersey for the second half of last season following his £146m January arrival from Liverpool.

Philippe Coutinho has been granted a Portuguese citizenship, sources have confirmed to ESPN FC, easing Barcelona's concerns over the number of foreign players in their squad.

Philippe Coutinho has taken Barcelona's prestigious number seven shirt for the 2018-19 LaLiga season.

However, the La Liga champions have swapped it for the new campaign, claiming the number is "synonymous with great players" in the club's history.

"The Brazilian now has the opportunity to continue the legend that accompanies this number, and make the No.7 shine again".

Coutinho settled in quickly at Camp Nou following his arrival from Liverpool, scoring eight goals as Barca cruised to the LaLiga title.

When shirt numbers were first fixed at Barcelona in in the 1995/96 season, Luis Figo donned the number 7 for five seasons up until his sale to Real Madrid. Another No.7 who was popular with the fans was Henrik Larsson, who was at the club from 2004-6.

In taking his new number this season, Coutinho joins a list of some of Barcelona's best attacking players in wearing the no.7. Other, previous owners of the No.7 shirt at Barça include Javier Saviola, David Villa and Pedro.

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