Paulinho the eighth Blaugrana player to don number 15 shirt
Paulinho will be the eighth Barça player to wear the number 15 shirt, which wasn’t in use last season
New signing Paulinho will wear the number 15 shirt in his first season as a Blaugrana player. The shirt has been free since Marc Bartra departed the club last summer, having worn it for three seasons.
Two other players in the club’s history have worn the shirt for at least three seasons; the last was Seydou Keita between 2008 and 2012, and before him the Brazilian Edmílson wore it from 2004 to 2008.
Thus, Paulinho becomes the third Brazilian to wear the number 15 shirt, which was also worn from 2001 to 2003 by Fábio Rochemback. The first player to wear this shirt was Laurent Blanc back in the 1996/97 campaign, followed by his compatriot Christophe Dugarry, Phillip Cocu and Jari Litmanen, who all donned it for a single season.