Lionel Messi is a great bloke, he really is.
The diminutive Argentinian genius is universally loved not only for the way he stuns spectators all over the World on the pitch, but also by the way he conducts himself off it, and today we've caught wind of the type of story that exemplifies the man.
Leo Messi, Argentina and Barcelona number 10 is one of the biggest brands in World football, but unlike his well known rival, his brand doesn't really mean that much to him at all, and he's humble enough to put that to one side in order to make one of his new teammates feel more comfortable.
New Barca signing Arda Turan has revealed that Messi offered him his iconic #10 shirt:
When I started with the Turkish national team I wore number 14 because my Dad is a fan of Cruyff, and then I took the number 10 at Atletico.
Messi told me that if I want it at Barcelona, it’s mine.
Could you imagine Cristiano Ronaldo offering a new signing his #7 shirt? No way in hell.
The fact that Messi sees his shirt number of far less of a deal than it is just shows that he has his priorities in the right place, but his marketing team surely would have been furious if he'd given up the #10. Just think about the amount of MESSI 10 jerseys you see around the place.
You're a good lad, Leo.