Juventus is the most successful Italian club, winning a record 35 league titles, 13 Coppa Italia titles, 8 Supercoppa Italiana titles among a list of other honours. They have won eight consecutive league titles since 2011-12 season.
Many great players have played for them in their rich history. In this article, let us take a look at some of the best Juventus players ever in this ‘Bianconeri legends list’.
Considering factors like loyalty, skills, efficiency and impact on the club, here are the top 10 best Juventus players ever –
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10. David Trezeguet [2000-2010]
In 2000, Trezeguet joined Juventus for a transfer fee of £20 million. With 24 goals, he was the joint recipient of the Capocannoniere award for top scorer in his first season, as his team won the 2001–02 Serie A title.
Alessandro Del Piero and Filippo Inzaghi were the two regular starters but Trezeguet still bagged 15 goals in all competitions, scoring more with his left foot and head than his favourite right leg.
His instinctive finishing and deft touches in the box from his debut Serie A season provide the perfect antidote do anyone afflicted with the belief that Trezeguet was a wasteful hit-and-hoper.
During his 10 year spell he scored 171 goals in 320 appearances, helping Juve to two Serie A titles and a Champions League runners-up medal. The Frenchman also holds the record for being the best foreign scorer in the history of Juventus.
9. Giampiero Boniperti [1946-1961]
One of the best Juventus players ever, Boniperti signed for Juventus at age 16. He had already built himself a reputation prior to this at youth level, as he scored 11 goals in one match. Boniperti spent his entire career as a professional footballer with Juventus and won five League titles and two Coppa Italia titles.
He made his senior debut in the year 1947, against AC Milan. Boniperti established himself the following season, scoring 27 times on the way to winning the Serie A golden boot.
Three years later, he was lifting the first of five Scudetto titles in 1950, lighting up the Italian game throughout the decade as part of one of the deadliest striking trios the peninsular has ever seen, lining up alongside John Charles and Omar Sivori.
He played 465 games for Juventus scoring 182 times in the process. He was the club’s all-time top goalscorer for over 40 years until Del Piero broke his record in 2006.
8. Dino Zoff [1972-1983]
The oldest ever winner of the World Cup, Dino Zoff is a legend of Italian football, having made over 110 appearances for the national team and 642 domestic appearances as well for a number of top clubs.
He holds the record for the longest time without conceding a goal in international tournaments and was named Italy’s best player of the last 50 years in 2003. For quality performances and longevity, the goalkeeper is undoubtedly one of the best ever.
He signed for Juventus in 1972 at the age of 30. Dino Zoff played 476 games for Juventus during a spell of 11 years. He had great club success with Juventus, winning 6 Serie A titles, 2 Coppa Italia titles, and a UEFA Cup, also reaching two European Champions’ Cup finals in the 1972–73 and 1982–83 seasons, as well as finishing second in the 1973 Intercontinental Cup final.
7. Pavel Nevded [2001-2009]
One of the best Juventus players ever, Nevded moved to Juventus after five trophy-laden years with Lazio, including two Coppa Italia, one Cup Winners’ Cup and only the second Scudetto in the club’s history.
In Turin his legacy transcends trophies and match-winning performances. Though they ensured Nedvěd became European Footballer of the Year in 2003, instead, Nedvěd’s legacy belongs to the man, as well as the player, and the dedication, hunger and loyalty central to his creed.
Nedvěd’s versatility allowed him to play across the midfield. From the wing he could fire in crosses or cut inside and unleash violent shots with either foot. Centrally he had the vision, composure and passing range to conduct play, whilst also possessing the turn of pace required to make darting runs into the penalty box.
After winning four straight Scudetti and reaching a Champions League final in 2003, this loyalty shone through as he remained in Turin despite the club’s relegation to Serie B for their involvement in the 2006 Calciopoli scandal. After helping the Bianconeri return to Serie A, he stayed for three more years, steadying the ship and guiding Juve into a new era of dominance. For that, Nedvěd’s status amongst Juventini is untouchable.
6. Gaetano Scirea [1974-1988]
Scirea was a defender of technical skill and tactical ability, gifted with pace, and an innate capacity to read the game. In contrast to the ruthless tactics often employed by other defenders.
In the way he composed himself—always fair, never rash—he defined the kind of player that a Bianconero should be. Scirea was renowned for his class, fair play and sportsmanship. Scirea never earned a red card in his career.
He managed the impressive feat of winning every UEFA Club and domestic competition during his time at the club. He won 7 Serie A titles, 2 Italian Cups, 1 UEFA Cup, 1 Cup Winners’ Cup, 1 European Cup, 1 UEFA Super Cup, and 1 Intercontinental Cup during his time at the club.
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5. Zinedine Zidane [1996-2001]
Printed on the wall inside of Juventus’ museum, there is a quote Enzo Bearzot used for the Frenchman: “He handled the ball with absolute grace. It is beautiful to watch his passes, to see how he does everything on the field. Because of the unpredictability of his movements, he reminds me of the flight of a butterfly.”
Zidane joined Juventus in 1996 and went on to make 212 apps for the club, scoring 31 times. Zidane’s legacy extends beyond the field, however, and his link with the people of Turin and the fans also lingers.
Following a Fifa World Player of the Year (1998, 2000) and Ballon d’Or (1998) during his time in Turin a €75m move, then a world-record fee, to Real Madrid followed.
During his 5 year spell for Juventus, he created magic and his legacy is now carved in history of Italian football.
4. Omar Sivori [1957-1965]
Born in Buenos Aires on 2 October 1935, Sivori was just 21 years of age when he swapped his native Argentina for Turin, departing first club River Plate to join the Bianconeri for a then world record fee.
Regarded as one of the greatest players of his generation, Sívori’s footballing talent was widely acclaimed, and he won the coveted European Footballer of the Year award in 1961.
Along with John Charles and Giampiero Boniperti, Sivori formed a deadly trident of Juventus in the period of 1950s to 1960s. In 259 appearances for the Old Lady,he scored 174 goals. He helped Juventus to win the league thrice and Coppa Italia twice.
Yet it was his love for the shirt that really tugged at supporters’ heartstrings, with one quote in particular encapsulating his mantra: “Here you always need to fight and when everything seems lost, keep believing. Juve never give in.”
3. Michel Platini [1982-1987]
The French playmaker spent five seasons with the Old Lady, an incredibly intense spell that was topped by a variety of team successes – both domestically and in Europe – and, on a personal level, three Ballon d’Ors.
Platini’s playing style was virtually unseen from a French player beforehand. His gift was his precise understanding and handling of a football, which enabled him to play astounding passes, or try audacious shots both from open play and dead-ball situations. His ability was such that Bobby Charlton remarked, “What a playmaker. He could thread the ball through the eye of a needle as well as finish.”
The 1982 World Cup would become the Frenchman’s tournament and he used the time to make his nation stand up and finally realise just what a fantastic player he was.
Platini won the Serie A title with Juventus in 1984 and 1986, the European Cup Winners’ Cup in 1984, the 1984 European Super Cup, the European Cup in 1985 and also the 1985 Intercontinental Cup. He finished top scorer in Serie A for three consecutive seasons (1982–83, 1983–84, and 1984–85). He is vividly remembered among best Juventus players ever.
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2. Gianluigi Buffon [2001-2018]
Buffon is characterized by his leadership on the pitch, as well as his cat-like reflexes, and excellent positioning, which has led him to be widely regarded as one of the greatest goalkeepers of all-time. It is an understandable title when you consider that he has been named the Serie A Goalkeeper of the Year a record 12 times, and the World‘s Best Goalkeeper of the past 25 years, by the IFFHS.
In addition to his on-field performances, Buffon is one of the few players that stayed at Juventus after the Caliciopoli scandal in 2006, where the club was relegated to Serie B. This in itself cemented him as a legend, but having also been one of the best keepers ever certainly merits his inclusion in the list.
Since joining Juventus in 2001, Gigi won nine Serie A titles with his club. So far he has played over 600 matches for the club and is second in our list of best Juventus players ever.
1. Alessandro Del Piero [1993-2012]
For almost 20 years, Alessandro Del Piero was at the heart of Juventus. The man from Conegliano, just outside of Treviso near Venice, is one of the most iconic players of his generation and came to symbolise Italian football for many fans around the world.
He was a technically gifted and creative supporting forward. Del Piero is widely regarded by players, pundits, and managers as one of the greatest players of his generation. He was also one of the best Italian players of all time, winning the Serie A Italian Footballer of the Year award in 1998 and 2008.
He’s played more games and scored more goals than any other Bianconero, and he’s always done it in a classy way. Along with Buffon, he chose to go to Serie B in 2006 when he could have saved himself the ignominy and left for a new challenge elsewhere.
He was the focal point of a great side that won six league titles (eight before Calciopoli) and the Champions League in 1996. They finished runners-up in that competition three times, too.
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