Bosnian inherits shirt most recently worn by Arthur and donned over the years by such stars as Giuly, Stoichkov and Iniesta
As announced at his presentation this Tuesday, Miralem Pjanic will be wearing the number 8 shirt at FC Barcelona.
This is the same number that he wore while at Metz and Olympique Lyonnais, although his shirt at Roma was the number 15 and at Juventus he wore number 5.
When it comes to Barça, the strongest memories conjured up by the number 8 shirt will always be those of Andrés Iniesta.
The most recent incumbent was Arthur Melo, from 2018 to 2020, while a number of other memorable players have donned the number 8 since permanent squad numbers were introduced in 1995. Here’s a pictorial reminder of who they were: