Juventus announced the signing of Argentinian striker Carlos Tévez on Wednesday night.

The now former Manchester City forward was pictured on top of the balcony of Juventus' headquarters last night holding his new No.10 jersey, before speaking of his pride at being handed it.

Juventus' No.10 is one of the most decorated shirt numbers in world football, having been made famous by the likes of Michel Platini, Roberto Baggio and, most recently, Alessandro Del Piero.

So the 29-year-old spoke very highly of being given the shirt when he spoke to juventus.com.

"I'm absolutely aware of the great effort Juventus Football Club has made to bring me here," Tevez told reporters. "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.

"Top players have worn it before and I was No 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."

Tévez was mobbed by around 200 Bianconeri supporters yesterday on his arrival in Italy.

He added: "I was not really surprised by the great welcome I received yesterday and I know that the Juventus supporters have showed great love and affection from the very beginning."

The 29-year-old also spoke of his main priority: helping the Old Lady achieve their third straight Scudetto in Italy, and expressed his opinion that the Italians becoming a major force in Europe again will come with time.

"I do feel the obligation and desire to win the Scudetto with Juventus, and obviously everybody wants to win the Champions League," Tevez continued. "I do feel Juventus is now a very strong team so that is our dream, but we want to take it gradually and slowly."

Tévez will return to South America this week to complete his holiday that was cut short, before returning to Turin to join Antonio Conte and his Bianconeri team-mates on July 12.

 

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