Gerard Pique has decided to retire mid-season, meaning that his no.3 jersey will become vacant in January.
Pique’s retirement will allow Barcelona to promote three youngsters to the first team this winter. However, neither of them will get the no.3 jersey.
Instead, as per Javi Miguel of Diario AS, the shirt number will go to a new player that Barca plan to sign in January. Most likely, it will be a right-back.
Pique has been wearing no.3 since his return to Camp Nou in 2008. Before Gerard, the jersey number belonged to Gabriel Milito.