There are few football clubs in the world able to boast of the heritage and history that Juventus FC can. A number of the greatest players in the world have appeared for the famous bianconeri over the years, but who are the greatest? It’s a debate that will never end, but here are seven worthy contenders.
Nicknamed Bobby Goal, for good reason, Bettega was a goal scoring machine, totaling just under 180 goals in his nearly 500 games with the club, the fifth most all time. Capped 42 times for his country, Bettega was a hero throughout Italy. Bettega ended his career playing in Toronto, Canada.
With 320 appearances, Trezeguet swiftly proved himself as a player capable of scoring in every match, managing a total of 171 during his time with the club, which also saw a Champions League final and two SerieA wins. Despite being born in France, Trezeguet’s football career started in Argentina at the tender age of 8.
Often forgotten as a Juventus hero, not least due to his unfortunate penalty miss in the 1994 World Cup final, and by who came after him, Baggio won a FIFA Player of the Year award during his time in the black and white stripes.
Considered by many to be the greatest goalkeeper of all time, Dino Zoff’s dramatic leaps through the air would help Juve to six SerieA trophies, as well as Coppa ltalia and UEFA Cup victories. Playing his last game at 41 years old, Zoff holds the record at the club, but one which could soon to be beaten...
It is a testament to the quality of both Zoff and Gianluigi Buffon that the argument over who is the best goalkeeper in the club’s history will rage on forever. At 38, Buffon shows no sign of slowing down any time soon, we could continue to see him stay between the sticks for a few more years to come and add Zoff’s record to his trophy cabinet!
It took an at the time record fee for Real Madrid to eventually claw Zidane from Juventus, but during that time he had already made history with the club multiple times. FIFA Player of the Year and Ballon D’Or honors during his tenure with the club say all that needs saying about the incredible performances Zidane put in. Interestingly, Zidane’s tenures in Madrid and Turin lasted almost exactly the same time, with less than 20 appearances difference between the two.
Del Piero’s path to greatness was undeniably the biggest cause to Baggio being so forgotten. Ultimately clocking a record 705 games with the club across the nearly two decades he donned the kit, Del Piero’s Juventus goal scorer record of 290 does not do enough to state how important his dedication to the club was. Six SerieA titles, a Champions League, and a Coppa ltalia under his belt, it’s easy to see why Del Piero has been described as the history of Juventus FC.