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No. 10 left empty by Juve

Juventus announced their squad numbers for the coming season on Thursday and, as expected, nobody has been assigned Alessandro Del Piero's old no. 10 shirt.

Del Piero left Juventus at the end of last season having spent nineteen years at the Turin club and had worn the iconic number ever since squad numbers were introduced in Italy back in 1995.

Sebastian Giovinco was the favourite to take over after the club chose not to retire the shirt, but has instead opted for no. 12. Del Piero, himself, asked the club to continue using the shirt, telling journalists at his farewell press conference that he had refused the gesture when offered by the Juventus board of directors.

Del Piero said: "I hope that the number 10 can be less of a burden after me. I hope that whoever wears it can begin a glorious career like mine and perhaps even greater. I've really had so much that I would never want it to be retired, this way, every child can dream of day of wearing it.

Meanwhile, former Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba - who joined Juve earlier this summer - has been handed the number six shirt, a favourite among fans as it was worn by iconic former skipper Gaetano Scirea.

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