Tevez proud to be Juve's number 10
Published 27/06/2013 | 12:07
Carlos Tevez spoke of his pride after being handed the iconic number 10 shirt upon signing a three-year contract with Juventus.
The Argentina striker completed a move to the Serie A champions on Wednesday night following four seasons with Manchester City, and even before completing his medical in Turin he was pictured on the balcony of Juve's headquarters holding a number 10 jersey aloft.
The 29-year-old told juventus.com: "I'm absolutely aware of the great effort Juventus Football Club has made to bring me here. I feel the responsibility of wearing this number and I am aware of the great responsibility of representing Juventus and playing for the club so this number is certainly a great challenge."
The shirt - made famous by Michel Platini, Liam Brady and Roberto Baggio - has been unclaimed since veteran striker and former Bianconeri captain Alessandro Del Piero left Turin for Sydney FC last summer.
Tevez added: "Top players have worn it before and I was number 10 with Boca (Juniors) before, and (Diego) Maradona played in it too, so the great responsibility is now that I'm going to play in this great club so certainly the greatest challenge is to do my best
"Obviously I didn't want to forget Del Piero who was the last player to wear number 10. He is a person and player that I greatly respect and who certainly represents an emblem and symbol of esteem.
"It is a great pleasure and honour to wear this jersey with his number."
Tevez's transfer fee has not been disclosed but it is reported Juve have paid City an initial £10million, rising to £12million with add-ons.
The former West Ham and Manchester United man has taken a brief break from his summer holiday in Argentina to join Juve and upon his arrival at Milan's Malpensa airport on Wednesday afternoon he was mobbed by around 200 Bianconeri fans.