Lionel Messi is pumped to see Nate Robinson sporting No. 10

Photo via Nate Robinson/Instagram

Photo via Nate Robinson/Instagram

Having suited up for the New York Knicks, Boston Celtics, Oklahoma City Thunder, Golden State Warriors and most recently the Chicago Bulls, Nate Robinson is a well-traveled baller. But every stop he has made has been positive, for the most part. The 5-foot-8 high-flier has been a fan favorite everywhere he goes, and he is expected to make some huge plays in the thin air of Denver.

Having reached an agreement on a two-year deal with the Nuggets, the three-time Slam Dunk Contest champ posted the above photo to Instagram with this caption:

New look new # hope y’all like this #10 more than me cuz I love it … I’m #10 like my guy messi #holdat #dimetime10 #teamrobinson #stateofnate billy bob said it best – 10 a F’n 10

Now, if you are still like most of the nation and pretty much hashtag-illiterate, the pertinent portion of Robinson’s statement for us is “I’m #10 like my guy messi.”

Nate Rob is talking about international soccer superstar Lionel Messi – you know, the guy who has had fans create a life-size gold statue of his left foot in commemoration of his greatness?

It’s a pretty solid tribute, and we had no idea Robinson (who played both football and basketball while starring as a Washington Husky) was a soccer fan.

We also didn’t know Messi was paying attention to NBA free agency. The FC Barcelona god hopped onto his Facebook page to voice his approval of Robinson’s jersey number choice.

Hey man, what a great surprise to see you are using the number 10. Welcome to the ‪#‎10Team‬ – Nate Robinson, wishing you the best on your next season with the Nuggets ‪#‎NateBigFan

The #10Team?

Where can we sign up?

[H/T: Beyond the Buzzer]

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