Juventus all-time greatest XI

The indomitable black and white stripes of Juventus have won the Italian League 34 times. Let’s take a look back at some of the best players that got them there.

Zinedine Zidane

The talisman, Zinedine Zidane sparkled in his five years in Turin winning the Scudetto in his first two years with the club. He earned the Ballon d’Or in 1998 and was named the Serie A Footballer of the year twice. Perhaps the greatest ever, he dazzled fans with his majestic play and legendary vision.

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Alessandro Del Piero

Mr. Juventus Alessandro Del Piero made an astounding 705 appearances with the club, scoring 290 goals for the black and white. Captaining Juventus for 11 of his 19 years, he led Juventus back into the Serie A after the enforced relegation during the 2006-07 season. His silverware includes six Serie A championships, one Champions League, and one Coppa Italia.

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Gianluigi Buffon

Perhaps no one embodies the Juventus spirit more than Gianluigi Buffon, who made over 500 appearances in the Black and White kit. The dignified goalkeeper won nine Serie A titles, a Serie B title with Juventus in forced relegation, five Coppa Italia titles, and UEFA Europa League Cup. He set a league-best 21 clean sheets in the 2011-12 season and holds the record for clean sheets in Serie A.

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Lilian Thuram

Recognized for his speed on and off the ball, Lilian Thuram appeared in 144 matches with Juventus. The versatile French defender won the Serie A in his first season, and two more in the last two years of his five years in Turin. Unlike Gianluigi Buffon and Alessandro Del Piero, he opted to exit Juventus after the Calciopoli scandal.

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Claudio Gentile

A hard footballer, Claudio Gentile developed a reputation as a rock as part of Juventus stingy defense in the 1970s and 80s alongside defensive partner Gaetano Scirea. His 283 appearances in 11 years at the club saw him obtain six Italian league championships and two Coppa Italia. However, Juventus lost in the 1982-83 European Cup.

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Pavel Nedved

The 2003 Ballon d’Or winner Pavel Nedved played nine years with Juventus where he scored 51 goals and won 2 Italian Championships. A workhorse, Nedved filled in for a departing Zidane in 2001 and remained loyal to Turin after the 2006 Calciopoli scandal which relegated the team.

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Michel Platini

A 3-time consecutive Golden Ball winner, the skillful and intelligent midfielder Michael Platini won the Serie A twice, the Coppa Italia, the Cup Winners’ Cup, and the 1985 European Cup in which he scored the game’s only goal. He netted 68 strikes in his five-year spell at Juventus.

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Roberto Baggio

Setting a world record transfer of £8 million to Juventus from rivals Fiorentina in 1990, Roberto Baggio adopted the #10 shirt from club legend Michel Platini. The striker bagged 78 goals in 141 matches in Turin over five years. The 1992-1993 season was his best year, notching 30 club goals and winning both the UEFA Cup and the Ballon d’Or. Despite all the accolades, the striker is known for missing the penalty for Italy on World Cup 2004, in his trademark ponytail.

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Gianluca Zambrotta

The pacy left-back played 217 games for Juventus, winning two Serie A titles. Ever versatile, he switched between right and left-back in the 2005-2006 season. Nevertheless, Zambrotta left on a sour note joining Barcelona after the Calciopoli scandal.

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Edgar Davids

The Dutchman Edgar Davids played 6 seasons for Juventus, making a total of 159 appearances. Known as a comprehensive player, he and Zidane linked up to power an imperious midfield. Davids won three Serie A titles with the squad along with two Champions League final appearances.

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Fabio Cannavaro

Considered a traitor by many Juventus fans for leaving the club due to the 2006 Italian football scandal, the stalwart defender excelled on the pitch. He won consecutive Scudetti in his first two years with the club including 2005 defender of the year. He returned to Juventus to little fanfare after his 3-year stint with Real Madrid, where he won the 2006 Ballon d’Or.

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