Pjanic reveals reason behind Juventus shirt number

The midfielder picked No.5 due to his admiration for Zinedine Zidane as he looks to emulate his “idol” after signing a five-year contract.

Miralem Pjanic has picked the No. 5 shirt at Juventus because of his admiration for “idol” Zinedine Zidane.

The midfielder was unveiled at a press conference on Tuesday after arriving from Roma in a deal worth $35.5 million, signing a five-year deal.

Pjanic has long spoken of his admiration for Zidane, who won six honors with the club during a five-year stay including two Serie A titles, and will now look to emulate the Real Madrid manager for the Old Lady.

“I will wear the No. 5 shirt. Zidane was my idol and had that number,” he told reporters. “I’ll be proud to wear it.”

He continued: “I knew what the team and club were all about before coming here. I’m here to give my all for the team, achieve big objectives and keep winning. I’m delighted to be here. It’s a great club with wonderful players and I hope to win plenty of silverware.

“Six straight titles would be a magnificent feat. We’d be rewriting history.”

The original version of this story which was published by goal.com Serie A can be viewed here.

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