We pick out the greatest footballers to have represented the Bianconeri in the club’s history.
Zoff had already played over 300 games in Serie A by the time he arrived in Turin in 1972, but over the next 11 years the goalkeeper proved he still had plenty left to give at the highest level of the Italian game. Indeed, the World Cup-winning glovesman won six Serie A titles, two Coppa Italias and one UEFA Cup with Juventus, while he also played in two European Cup finals.
He remains the oldest player to have ever featured for the club, with his final appearance for the Bianconeri coming when Zoff was 41 years and 86 days old. He is also sixth on Juve’s all-time appearance list.
Many associate Zidane the player with Real Madrid more than any other club, but he won the same amount of trophies at Juventus and only made 16 fewer appearances in Italy than he did in Spain. The Frenchman first arrived in Turin in 1996 and went on to play a starring role in two Serie A title triumphs, while also helping the club reach two Champions League finals – both of which were lost.
Zidane won the Ballon d’Or while a Juventus player in 1998, as well as the FIFA World Player award two years later.
David Trezeguet joined Juventus in 2000, and played for the Bianconeri for 10 seasons. During his tenure with the team, he managed to score 138 goals in 245 appearances.
He helped the team to two Serie A titles with his instinctive finishing, as well as reaching the final of the Champions League during the 2002-2003 seasons. He also helped his national team, France, to victories at the 1998 World Cup and the 2000 European Championships.
Speaking of Bettega, the Italian was more famous for his Juventus exploits on the pitch than off it. A talented player who won 42 caps for his country, Bettega broke into the first team in 1970 and barely looked back thereafter; by the time he moved to Toronto Blizzard to wind down his career in Canada in 1983, the forward had pulled on a Bianconeri shirt 482 times – placing him in fifth in the all-time appearance rankings.
His 178 goals, meanwhile, are good enough for third spot in the top scorers list, with Bettega’s sharpshooting helping Juventus to seven Serie A titles, three domestic cups and the UEFA Cup during his time on the books.
Boniperti is one of the two men ahead of Bettega in Juventus’ all-time list of top scorers, having found the back of the net 179 times in his time at the club. He also makes the top 10 when it comes to appearances, with his 459 outings in all competitions placing him seventh in the club’s history.
The striker spent his entire career at Juventus, winning five league championships and two Coppa Italias before hanging up his boots in the early 1960s. He has taken an unusual path in retirement, becoming a politician and serving as a Member of the European Parliament.
Born in Argentina, Sivori joined Juventus in 1957 after spending the first three years of his professional career with River Plate. Standing at just 5ft 4in, the forward overcame a lack of height to thrive in Serie A, which he won three times during his eight seasons in Turin.
Sivori, who also got his hands on the Coppa Italia on two occasions, netted 167 goals for the Bianconeri, with six of his strikes coming in a remarkable 9-1 victory over Inter in 1961. After leaving Juventus in 1965, the Argentine spent four seasons at Napoli before retirement.
Scirea’s life was tragically cut short at the age of 36 in 1989, when he was involved in a car accident in Poland. He had hung up his boots only a year earlier, calling time on a career which brought the Italian seven Serie A winner’s medals, plus further prizes from the Coppa Italia (twice), UEFA Cup, Cup Winners’ Cup and European Cup (all once).
An intelligent, technically gifted defender, Scirea made 552 appearances for the Old Lady – enough to place him third in the all-time list.
There are players who spent more time, played more games, scored more goals and won more trophies at Juventus, but few can match Platini for sheer talent. The French midfielder first rocked up in Turin in 1982 and went on to enjoy five hugely successful seasons with the Bianconeri, winning two Serie A crowns, the Coppa Italia, the Cup Winners’ Cup and the holy grail of them all, the European Cup.
One of the greatest players in the history of the game, Platini also won the Ballon d’Or three times – in 1983, 1984 and 1985 – while on the books of Juve.
The legendary goalkeeper is in his 17th and final season as a Juventus player, having first joined the club from Parma in 2001. In the time since then, the World Cup winner has also been triumphant in Serie A (eight times), the Coppa Italia (three times) and Serie B (once, after sticking with the Old Lady following their relegation due to the Calciopoli scandal).
Buffon has turned out for the Bianconeri 637 times, which is enough for second spot in Juventus’ appearance list. He has also been named Serie A goalkeeper of the year on nine separate occasions.
Such is Del Piero’s association with the club – he is, more than anyone else, Mr Juventus – many people do not know he actually began his career with Padova. However, a move to the Bianconeri in 1993 kick-started a love affair which encompassed 19 years, a record 705 appearances, 290 goals (another record), six Serie A trophies, one Coppa Italia and one Champions League.
“It’s difficult to find words to describe Del Piero,” Pavel Nedved said of his former team-mate. “He has been playing for Juve for about 20 years ‒ he is the history of this club. When anybody in the world says the word ‘Juve’, they have a picture of Del Piero in mind. I think that says it all.”
By Greg Lea
Greg Lea is a freelance football writer for FourFourTwo, The Blizzard and various others. Follow his Twitter account @GregLeaFootball for anything and everything related to soccer and more.