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Croation Wing Man| Marko Pjaca

Pjaca (pronounced, 'Piazza') is a hard worker with a fast passing game style who is also known for his ability to come out on top in one-'v'-ones. Given his very young age and unfortunate injuries, he hasn't featured nearly enough in the Black and White Stripes jersey and eventually even got loaned out to Shalke. Nonetheless Marko Pjaca has a five year agreement with the Black and Whites which makes him officially a player Juventini should root for! 

(illustration by Marco and Mauro La Villa)


PROFILE

AGE |23

POSITION | Winger 

JUVENTUS NO. | 20

CROATIA NO. | 20

ORIGINS

BORN | May 6, 1995

BIRTH CITY Zagreb, Croatia

PRE-JUVE TEAM | Dinamo Zagreb

HONORS

JUVENTUS | Serie A Scudetto (2017), Coppa Italia (2017),  Supercoppa Italiana (2015)

Dinamo Zagreb |  Prva HNL (2015, 2016), Croatian Cup (2015, 2016)


Pjaca (Piazza) 'in Bianco e nero'

On 21 July 2016, it was announced Pjaca signed a five-year contract with Juventus for a €23 million transfer fee to Dinamo. With the transfer, Pjaca became the most expensive ever sale by Dinamo and the Croatian First Football League.

Pjaca made his Juventus and Serie A debut on 27 August, coming on as a substitute for Paulo Dybala in the second half of a 1–0 away win over Lazio. In October 2016, Pjaca suffered a cracked fibula while on international duty with Croatia, and was initially expected to miss around six weeks of the season. After being sidelined through injury for almost three months, in January 2017, he returned to action with two half-hour-long substitute appearances against Atalanta in the Coppa Italia and Fiorentina in Serie A. He scored his first goal for Juventus in the first leg of the Champions League round of 16 tie against Porto, a 2–0 away win.[16] Pjaca suffered an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury on 28 March while on international duty with Croatia, sidelining him for six months.

(Source: Wikipedia / Read more here.)