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Ultimate Juventus dream team: Zidane, Buffon and Del Piero, but no Cristiano Ronaldo

13:00 BST 31/08/2022
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Here is the greatest XI from a club that has seen its share of legends over the years

Almost 125 years of history.

Countless trophies, including more Serie A titles than any of their domestic rivals.

The most supported Italian club.

Owned by the Agnelli family for more than 100 years now.

Juventus.

Over the years, many legends of the game have worn the Old Lady's famous black and white stripes. From Zinedine Zidane to Michel Platini, from Gianluigi Buffon to Alessandro Del Piero, from Gaetano Scirea to Giorgio Chiellini and from Pogba to Cristiano Ronaldo. Not to mention legendary names like Andrea Pirlo, Fabio Cannavaro and Pavel Nedved.

However, which of these legends will make the ultimate Juventus dream team?

  • Buffon Juventus

    GIANLUIGI BUFFON | GOALKEEPER

    Captain. Leader. Legend. Gigi Buffon has to be the undisputed choice as the goalkeeper for a Juventus dream team. Of course, the great Dino Zoff played for Juve from 1972 to 1983 and deserves a special mention in this discussion. But there's no looking past Buffon.

    Buffon wore the Juventus shirt for almost 20 years with a brief spell at PSG towards the end. Not to mention the fact that Buffon stayed loyal to the club even when they were relegated following the Calciopoli scandal in 2006.

    His record at Juventus is glittering: 10 Scudetti (absolute record), five Coppe Italia, six Italian Supercoppe. A total of 21 trophies for Juventus in 685 appearances. An absolute icon.

  • Lilian Thuram Juventus

    LILIAN THURAM | RIGHT-BACK

    Thuram was one of many Frenchman who have excelled for the Bionconeri.

    The elegant strides of Thuram marauding down the right flank will still be burned fresh into the memory of Juventus fans from back then.

    He arrived in Turin in 2001 from Parma, along with his friend Gigi Buffon, and went on to play a decisive role in two Scudetto triumphs along with as many Italian Super Cups.

    Though initially a central defender, Thuram was used mainly as a right-back by Marcelo Lippi at Juventus.

    He was a powerful defender who was considered one of the best in the world and was an absolute rock for Juventus till 2006, when the Calciopoli scandal prompted him to move to Barcelona.

  • Gaetano Scirea

    GAETANO SCIREA | CENTRE-BACK

    Often considered one of the best free transfers in Italian football, Scirea is a clear choice for the centre-back position in this Juventus dream team. He moved to Turin from Atalanta in 1974 and went on to spent the rest of his career with the Old Lady before passing away at 36 in a car accident.

    He was a pillar in Juventus' defence in the 1970s and '80s. A resilient defender, Scirea was also dangerous in attack, often embarking on offensive runs. He was a quiet, but true leader, captaining some of the best Juventus teams in history.

    He won seven Scudetti, two Coppe Italia, one UEFA Cup, one Cup Winners' Cup, a European Cup, a European Super Cup and an Intercontinental Cup.

    In short, Scirea won it all with Juventus. An eternal hero in Turin.

  • Giorgio Chiellini Juventus

    GIORGIO CHIELLINI | CENTRE-BACK

    Chiellini joins Scirea in central defence of this ultimate Juventus dream team.

    The Italian's 17-year-long love affair with the Bianconeri ended only in 2022, with him leaving to MLS.

    A tough and loyal defender, Chiellini was an imposing centre-back who was respected by team-mates and opponents alike.

    Chiellini was a warrior for Juventus, someone to be relied upon even during the toughest of times.

    He won nine Scudetti in a row with Juventus, as well as five Italian Cups and as many Italian Super Cups.

    With 561 matches, he is third in the list of Juventus players with most appearances.

  • Antonio Cabrini Italy 1982

    ANTONIO CABRINI | LEFT-BACK

    One of the best left-backs Italian football has seen, Antonio Cabrini played for the Old Lady for thirteen years from 1976 to 1989, winning practically everything.

    With his elegant dribbling, breathtaking runs down the wing, perfect crosses and the penchant for goals, Cabrini was a part of Juventus teams that played some beautiful football.

    Six Scudetti, two Italian Cups, a UEFA Cup, a European Cup, a European Super Cup, an Intercontinental Cup and a Cup Winners' Cup - his trophy haul for Juve says it all. He was a serial winner.

  • Andrea Pirlo Juventus

    ANDREA PIRLO | CENTRAL MIDFIELDER

    Genius. Inspiring. Poetry in motion. Having arrived in Turin in 2011 on a free transfer from Milan, Pirlo went on to establish himself as a midfield maestro at Juventus, first under Massimiliano Allegri and then Antonio Conte.

    An unbelievable passing range, accurate free-kicks with trajectories that often baffled goalkeepers and decisive goals pretty much summed up Pirlo.

    He wore the Juventus jersey for four seasons, from 2011 to 2015, and won four Scudetti, one Italian Cup and two Italian Super Cups. Midfield Maestro.

  • Zinedine Zidane Juventus 1996

    ZINEDINE ZIDANE | CENTRAL MIDFIELDER

    Zinedine Zidane. One of the greatest footballers to wear the Juventus shirt?

    Zidane portrayed football like it was meant to be played during his time. Watching him create magic on the field invoked pure joy and inspired millions of children to take up the sport all over the world.

    The Frenchman came to Turin in 1996 from Bordeaux and remained there till he moved to Real Madrid in 2001 on a world record transfer. Zizou made Juventus fans fall in love with him with his brand of football that produced glittering goals and weaved magic all over the field.

    He won two Scudetti, an Italian Super Cup, a European Super Cup and an Intercontinental Cup with Juventus. More importantly, he also played a huge role in helping France win the World Cup in 1998, winning the Golden Ball award.

  • Pavel Nedved Juventus

    PAVEL NEDVED | ATTACKING MIDFIELDER

    Pavel Nedved. Maybe not as beautiful and magical as Zidane but just as effective a player for Juventus. He definitely makes this ultimate Juventus dream team. The 'Czech Fury' hit Turin in the summer of 2001 to fill the boots of Zidane who had just left the club for the riches of Real Madrid.

    Purchased for about €45 million from Lazio, Nedved took a few months to settle in before becoming an integral part of Marcelo Lippi's new Juventus team.

    With technical skills, character and leadership on the pitch, Nedved was an absolute fan favourite. In 2006, he stayed loyal to the club as Juve were relegated to Serie B after the Calciopoli scandal - a gesture that the Juventus fans have never forgotten.

    At Juventus from 2001 to 2009, Nedved won two Scudetti and as many Italian Super Cups. Not to mention the fact that he won the Ballon d'Or in 2003 at the end of a practically perfect season, only tainted by the defeat in Champions League final to Milan - a game for which Nedved was suspended.

    Even now, he continues to serve the club as its vice president.

  • Michel Platini Juventus

    MICHEL PLATINI | ATTACKING MIDFIELDER

    Nicknamed Le Roi (The King), Platini was a true number 10. He was elegant and decisive and it is simply impossible to consider a Juventus dream team without the legendary Frenchman.

    Platini, at Juventus from 1982 to 1987, won practically everything in Turin, including two Scudetti, an Italian Cup, a Cup Winners' Cup, a Champions Cup, a European Super Cup and an Intercontinental Cup.

    Platini was one of the best footballers in the world at the time, evidenced by his three Ballon d'Or wins in 1983, 1984, 1985.

    In fact, Platini was the Serie A top scorer three seasons in a row from 1983 to 1985.

    A certified legend. It's that simple.

  • Del Piero Juventus

    ALESSANDRO DEL PIERO | FORWARD

    The name Alessandro Del Piero is synonymous with Juventus. The Italian was more than a flagbearer for the club. He was the symbol of the club for at least twenty years.

    Nicknamed "Pinturicchio", Del Piero arrived at Juve in 1993 after Giampiero Boniperti - another legend who deserves a special mention in Juventus history - advocated his signing.

    In a short time, Del Piero became the club's poster boy, taking over the mantle from Roberto Baggio. So much so that the club decided to bet strongly on him, allowing Baggio to move on in 1995.

    The rest is history. The goals, the victories, the fall in 2006 and the rebirth of Juventus. Del Piero was part of it all.

    He remained with the club after Calciopoli, and led the club's climb back to the pinnacle of Serie A.

    Of course, he won a host of trophies: six Scudetti, a Champions League, a European Super Cup, an Intercontinental Cup, an Italian Cup and four Italian Super Cups. He has won the title of top scorer in both Serie A and Serie B.

    Del Piero still holds the record of making the most appearances for Juventus (705) and he is also the club's all-time top scorer (290).

    The greatest Juventus player ever? We think so!

  • Giampiero Boniperti

    GIAMPIERO BONIPERTI | FORWARD

    Giampiero Boniperti has a spot in the Juventus dream team locked down. He was the symbol of the club from the late 1940s to the early 1960s.

    Boniperti was a one-club man, winning five Scudetti and two Italian Cups with Juve. He was the top scorer of the Serie A championship in the 1947/48 season with 27 goals.

    As a club executive, he also deserves credit for having brought Alessandro Del Piero to Juventus.

    "Juve is not only the team of my heart. It is my heart," he famously said once.

    Needless to add more.