Pjanic climbing the ladder

A footballer with the soul of an artist, Mina Rzouki looks at what Miralem Pjanic has learned as he returns to face Lyon.

Miralem Pjanic comes full circle on Tuesday when Juventus visit Olympique Lyonnais, the club where he took his first big step up the career ladder.

It was in the OL jersey as an 18-year-old that he stayed behind to study Juninho Pernambucano’s free kicks in training and practice with the master. Even making only five starts that first season, you can’t buy an apprenticeship like that.

"I've practiced about 10,000 free kicks from every single position on the pitch. It takes more than 10 years to learn," Pjanic explained, keen to stress his devotion to the craft. 

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