Juventus are set to hand striker Paulo Dybala the No. 10 shirt, ahead of Paul Pogba’s imminent move to Manchester United.
Pogba is on the brink of a world-record £100 million switch to United, and Juventus already seem ready to move on from the sale of the midfielder.
The Frenchman took over the No. 10 shirt before the start of last season, after previous occupant Carlos Tevez left the Turin club to return to the place where he first began his career- Argentinian club Boca Juniors.
The No. 10 is one of the most famous and historical kit numbers in football, and the likes of Wayne Rooney, Lionel Messi and Sergio Kun Aguero are some of the current best players in the world in possession of the shirt for their respective clubs.
The kit number is held in special reverence in Turin, however, with greats such as Zinedine Zidane, Alessandro Del Piero and Roberto Baggio being three of the countless legends to have donned the legendary kit number for Juventus.
The club’s decision to hand Pogba the shirt was met with great controversy, with the most high profile comment coming from France manager Didier Deschamps, who criticized the decision and labeled it a big mess, as it was too much responsibility on a player trying to fulfill a role that is not his.
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Paulo Dybala too, will have big boots to fill should he take over the shirt, with the weight of its historical significance a burden he may either crumble under, or learn to embrace as his own and add his name to list of greats who made a name for themselves with the number on their backs.
Should Pogba’s record-breaking £100 million move to Manchester United go through, he is expected to take over the No. 6 shirt, left vacant when previous owner Jonny Evans left the club to join West Bromwich Albion. The Frenchman was pictured signing a Manchester United shirt with his name and the No. 6 on it for a lucky fan, whilst on holiday in America.