Griezmann can’t take Coutinho’s No 7 shirt

Antoine Griezmann lined up for Barcelona on Friday night in the number 17 shirt, and it looks like he’ll be stuck with it for the rest of the season.

His preferred number is 7, and although the current owner of that shirt at Barcelona, Philippe Coutinho, is off to Bayern Munich on loan, Griezmann won’t be able to take it from him.

Official La Liga rules state that a player must wear the same number on the back of their shirt in every official game they play for an entire season.

If Coutinho’s loan deal had gone through just a few days earlier, Griezmann might have got his wish.

Griezmann may be hoping they take that option, freeing the number 7 shirt up for next season.