Juventus FC, the all time greatest Eleven football team – Part two

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Gaetano Scirea (1974-86)

Scirea was one of the greatest and most graceful defenders of all time, with great skill and tackling abilities. The defender joined Juventus in 1974 from a fellow Italian outfit Atalanta
BC. Scirea was renowned for his unfathomable defensive skills being a fair player and a great sportsman who never saw a red card throughout his career. Playing as a sweeper, Scirea was seen breaking through the opponents defence and even scored on some occasions
while assisting in the attacks for most of his career. After retiring from the Old Lady in 1988, the Sweeper took up the role of a ‘Scout’ for the outfit. The world class player died in a tragic car accident while he was scouting for the club in Poland in
1989. In 2006, his jersey number 6 was retired from Juve in recognition of his contributions to the club and Italian football, and also being a role model of fair play and sportsmanship for the youngsters.


Antonio Cabrini (1976-89)

Cabrini joined Juve in 1976 from Atalanta and was an instant hit at the club due to his unmatched left footed defensive abilities. Playing on the position of a left-back, he is remembered
as of the greatest in the history of not only the Italian football, but also internationally. Juventus are said to have never really been able to replace Cabrini as no one has been able to match his level of skills. The left-back moved out of Juventus in 1989
after almost 300 appearances, to his last career club Bologna.

Michel Platini (1982-87)

Platini joined Juve from AS Saint-Étienne and became the most influential player in the history of the club. The attacking midfielder was seen scoring more often than strikers and was
a true genius in the midfield. He was named as the European player of the year a record three consecutive times from 1983 to 1985. Platini not only contributed to victories for Juventus, but also gave winning moments to his French National team. In 147 matches
for Juve, Platini scored 68 goals until 1987, when he retired from his club career.

Roberto Baggio (1990-95)

Roberto Baggio was the symbol of recognition for Juventus during the early 1990’s. The second striker joined the Old Lady from Fiorentina for a world record fee at that time, 8 million
Pounds. His sale led to riots in the streets of Florence as the viola faithful took their protests to streets. Baggio was a genius on the midfield with his playmaking and attacking skills. He led Juve to a UEFA Cup in 1993, Italian league in 1994/95 season
and a Coppa Italia victory the same season. Baggio left Juve for AC Milan in 1995 due to strong pressure by the Milan chairman, Silvio Berlusconi.


Zinedine Zidane (1996-01)

The talented French attacking midfielder, Zinedine Zidane, joined Juventus from the French Ligue 1 outfit, FC Girondins de Bordeaux. He made his impact in the Italian league and established
himself as one the best players in the world. Zidane helped the Old Lady won two championships, one European Super Cup, World Club Cup on one occasion and an Italian Super Cup. After 5 years, with 152 appearances and 24 goals, Zidane left for Real Madrid in
2001 in pursuit of his dream to win the Champions League.


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