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Best Juventus XI of All Time

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Juventus is one of the biggest football clubs in the world. They are probably the biggest Italian club and always have top footballers of the world in their squad. Here is the list of best Juventus XI of all time.

The old lady of Italian football is always thirsty for glory. It's almost one hundred years since the Agnelli family own the club. 

Juventus

has more than 30 scudetti and their place as the most successful Italian team seems to be safe for many years.

There are countless top players that wear the bianconeri jersey and can be considered as one of the best Juventus XI of all time. Currently Juventus has big stars like

Cristiano Ronaldo

in their line up. The history of Juventus is so rich from best players that even Cristiano Ronaldo didn't make it to the

Juventus best 11 of all time

.

Here is the list of best Juventus XI of all time:

Juventus faithful has always had a love affair for the innovative attacking midfielders, giving particular importance to the club’s historic number ten jersey.

Goalkeeper — Gianluigi Buffon

Gianluigi Buffon

started his senior career in

Parma

in 1995. Soon he became one of the most promising young goalkeepers in Italy and helped the club win the 1998–99 Coppa Italia, 1999 Supercoppa Italiana and 1998–99 UEFA cup. In 1999, He won the

Serie A

goalkeeper of the year award.

He Joined Juventus in 2001 for the world record fee for a goalkeeper of 52 million euros at the time. With Juventus, he won a record ten Serie A titles (which is a record so far), four Coppa Italia titles, and five Supercoppa Italiana titles. He is the first goalkeeper to win Serie A Footballer of the Year award. He was named Serie A Goalkeeper of the Year a record 12 times so, he sure deserves to be one of the

best Juventus XI of all time

.

Before joining

Paris Saint-German

in 2018, he caped 509 games for Juventus in 17 years. Among his countless awards and titles, He was named by Pelé as one of the top 125 greatest living footballers in March 2004. As one of the Juventus best XI of all time, he was in the FIFA FIFPro world XI for three years. Being one of the most successful goalkeepers in the world, the 42 year old is the IFFHS best goalkeeper of the 21st century.

Right Back — Lilian Thuram

Thuram is a  French retired defender and the most caped player in the history of

France national team

with 142 appearances. His senior club career began in

Monaco

in 1991 and he played 155 games before transferring to Parma in 1996. After 163 games and winning 1998–99 Coppa Italia, 1999 Supercoppa Italiana and 1998–99 UEFA cup, Thuram made a transfer alongside Buffon and became another one of the

all-time greatest XI of Juventus

Until 2006, which Juventus relegated to

Serie B

due to the Calciopoli scandal and Thuram’s move to

Barcelona

, he played 204 games for the club in all competitions. He was an extremely dominant, consistent and attentive footballer and known as one of the Juventus best ever XI. As a defender, he was known for his strength, pace, and his outstanding physical and technical attributes, as well as his intelligence, ability to read the game, and his aggressive tackling, which made him difficult to beat in one on one situations. 

A large, powerful and versatile player, he could play on either flank or in the center, due to his ability with either foot, often alternating between playing as a center back or as a right back. In spite of his physical and tenacious playing style, he was also known to be a fair player. With Juventus, he won two Serie A titles, as well as two Supercoppa Italiana titles and he made it to the FIFA 100 in 2004. 

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Left Back — Antonio Cabrini

Antonio Cabrini is a professional football manager and a former defender, mainly left back in Juventus. As one of the

Juventus best XI of all time

, he was nicknamed Bell’Antonio (beautiful Antonio), because of his charisma and popularity. Cabrini is considered one of the greatest full backs of his generation, as well as being regarded as one of the best defenders in the history of Italian football. 

He added a new attacking dimension to his position for the first time. His striking ability from distance, and his ability to make attacking runs up the flank; due to his timing and elevation, he was also strong in the air, and was an effective free kick and penalty kick taker. These skills made him one of the best full backs and best Juventus XI of all time.

After three years in

Cremonese

and

Atalanta

, He joined Juventus in 1976. For twelve years in the club, he played in 297 games and won six Serie A titles, two Coppa Italia, a European cup in 1984–85 season, 1976–77 UEFA cup, and the 1984 UEFA super cup. Also in 1978, he won the FIFA world cup’s best young player award. In 1989, after 13 successful seasons with the Turin club, he moved to 

Bologna

 for two more years before retiring as a player.

Center Back — Gaetano Scirea 

Gaetano Scirea is considered one of the greatest defenders of all times and one of the

Juventus best ever XI.

 He is one of only six players in European football history who have won all international trophies for football clubs recognized by UEFA and FIFA. Scirea was a modern and gifted player who was known for his pace and innate capability to read the game. He never earned a red card in his career. He was also known for his leadership, serving as captain of both Juventus and Italian national team.

Before Joining Juventus, Scirea played two seasons for Atalanta 58 games. In 1974, he began his 16 year career in Juventus until retirement. Scirea played 397 games alongside Antonio Cabrini, Claudio Gentile, and Dino Zoff, scoring 24 goals. He managed the impressive feat of winning every UEFA Club and domestic competition during his time at the club; seven Serie A titles, two Italian cups, one UEFA cup, a Cup Winners' cup, one European cup, one UEFA super cup, and an Intercontinental cup. 

After retirement in 1987–88 season, he took up the role of scout at Juventus, later working as the coach. In 2011, Gaetano Scirea entered the Italian football hall of fame and in 2017 he made it to the list of

Juventus greatest XI of all time

Center Back — Giorgio Chiellini

Giorgio Chiellini

is a physically strong and aggressive defender, and is considered one of the world's best center backs. He is also capable of playing as a left back, both in a three or four-man defense. He began his club career in 2000 in

Livorno

and after two seasons moved to 

Roma

 in a co-ownership deal. However he was loaned back to Livorno and after that

Fiorentina

2005–06 season, was his first season playing 23 games for Juventus, which at the end, the Calciopoli scandal happened and they were relegated to Serie B. After a season, they came back to Serie A and won nine Serie A titles so far. As one of the

Juventus all-time greatest XI

, Chiellini helped the team win four Coppa Italia titles and five Supercoppa Italiana cups. He was named the serie A defender of the year for three consecutive seasons and in 2017 he made it to the list of Juventus greatest XI of all time. 

In 2018, his Juventus manager at the time, Massimiliano Allegri, described him as "the best defender in the world.” Chiellini has been described as an "old-fashioned" center-back, who primarily serves as a ball-winner. His trademark goal celebration, which involves him beating his chest, have earned him the nickname "King Kong”. So he deserves to be on our list of

best Juventus XI of all time

.

Center Midfielder - Pavel Nedved

Pavel Nedved is a Czech retired midfielder, who is described as one of the best footballers of his generation and one of the most successful players to emerge from the Czech Republic. He was capable of playing anywhere in midfield due to his offensive and defensive work-rate, as well as his versatility, physicality, and tackling ability. He transferred to Juventus after five successful seasons in

Lazio

, winning a Serie A title, two Coppa Italia cups, two Supercoppa Italiana cups, one UEFA cup winner’s cup, and one UEFA super cup. 

In 2001, he replaced Zinedine Zidane and became one of the best Juventus XI of all time. In eight seasons, he played 246 games and scored 51 goals for the club. During this period, they won two consecutive Serie A titles, two consecutive Supercoppa Italiana cups, and finished as runner-up in 2002 UEFA champions league and 2001 and 2003 Coppa Italia.

2003 was one of the best years in his career, winning Serie A footballer award of the year, world soccer awards player of the year, Ballon d’Or, and the Serie A foreign footballer of the year .In 2004, he won the golden Foot award and made it to the FIFA 100.  Also after Juventus’ relegation due to Calciopoli scandal, they won the Serie B title in 2006. In 2017, he made it one of the Juventus greatest XI of all time.

Center Midfielder - Zinedine Zidane

Zeidane inherited Platini's throne of best French player. In 1996, Zidane joined the European champion Juventus. He immediately became a crucial player of the Bianconeri and one of the Juventus all-time greatest XI. His great vision and ball control technique was a blessing to Juventus and especially forwards like Del Piero when Zizou created many scoring chances for them. Zeidane would calmly pass any player he wanted by his magnificent dribbling. Despite his eye catching technique, Zizou is regarded as a teamwork master. 

His first season ended with Serie A championship and UEFA Champions League runner up. This repeated the next season again, Scudetto plus UCL runner up. Zidane was best foreign player of Serie A in his first and last season as Juventus player. In 1998 Zizou won Ballon d'Or after World Cup championship on his home soil. 2000–01 was the last season of Zizou in Serie A and at the end of it he was named top assist provider and best player of the league. 

During five years, Zeidane caped 209 times and scored 31 goals for Juventus. He was the player of the tournament while helped France win the UEFA European Championship. Zidane is often regarded as one of the best midfielders in football history and won the UEFA Club Midfielder of the Year award in 1998. Another prestigious award he won is FIFA World Player of the Year, which he won three times in 1998, 2000, and 2003. In 2001 Zidane joined

Real Madrid

and became the most expensive player in the world and the title remained until 2009 that Cristiano Ronaldo joined Real Madrid and broke Zizou's record.

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Attacking Midfielder — Michel Platini

The best French footballer of the 20th century is Michel Platini. As one of the best Juventus XI of all time, Platini had five glorious seasons in Juventus. In three of the seasons he won the Capocannoniere awards for being Serie A Top Scorer. In that period the Frenchman won three back to back prestigious Ballon d'Or awards. 

In 1984–85 Platini helped Juventus to win their first European Cup title while he was the competition's top scorer with seven goals. Other titles Platini won as Juventus player include two Scudetti and one Coppa Italia, Intercontinental Cup, European Super Cup and Cup Winners' Cup. Platini was a leader in the field, while he carried a big part of the team's goal scoring. In 1984 Platini made France national team European champion while he was top scorer and best player of the tournament. 

In 1986 World Cup they reached the semi finals but West Germany defeated them. Platini was the best player of the world until the late 80's that Maradona replaced him. Juventus always has a free kick specialist like Del Piero and Pirlo and Michel Platini was the free kicker of his era. After retirement Platini became the president of UEFA for eight years. During the 2015 FIFA corruption case Platini's name was mentioned due to his unethical activities as UEFA president. Despite the corruption charges, he will always be considered as one of the best players in football history.

Right winger — Roberto Baggio

Roberto Baggio joining Juventus has a story itself. Baggio was so precious in Florence, that Fiorentina fans didn't take his departure well. Juventus paid the world record transfer fee for Baggio. In Florenc,e people started to protest this transfer. Baggio became the new number 10 for Juventus and later, one of the best Juventus XI of all time.

In his first season in Juventus, Baggio played in shadow striker role but despite not being targeted striker he scored 14 goals  and provided 12 assists for Bianconeri. The season ended with a disappointing 7th position for Juventus. Next season things get better for Baggio and Juventus. Juventus finished second on the Serie A table and Baggio was the second top scorer of the league. Baggio under the new manager Giovanni Trapattoni was starting to make a change for Juventus. In the third season Baggio was appointed as the Bianconeri captain. He led Juventus to the final stage of the UEFA Cup where he scored two goals and provided an assist and won the only European trophy of his career. 

In the Serie A despite Juventus was in fourth place, Baggio became again the second goal scorer of the league. In 1993, Baggio won a bunch of big shot awards like World Soccer Player of the Year, Onze d'Or, FIFA World Player of the Year and more importantly Ballon d'Or. The upcoming season Juve finished runner up once again just like Baggio finished second in Ballon d'Or. The 1994 season started after a tragic World Cup for Roberto Baggio and Italy national team, but winning scudetto with Juventus at the end of the season was a happy ending.

Left Winger — Alessandro Del Piero

Alessandro Del Piero is one of the most popular Juventus players of all time and one of the all-time greatest XI of Juventus. He holds the record for the most total Juventus appearances. Del Piero has the most European appearances for Juventus. Del Piero has the third place of both Serie A most penalty scores and most free kick scores. He joined Juventus in 1993, the year Roberto Baggio won Ballon d'Or. 

Del Piero spent almost two decades in Juventus. At first he was an alternative substitute for Baggio. Due to Baggio's occasional injuries, Del Piero got bigger roles in the squad. In 1996 while Juventus crowned the UEFA Champions League title for the last time Del Piero had become the new number 10. In his first season with Juventus, they made a double of the domestic titles. Del Piero won five more Scudetti later but it was his last Coppa Italia championship. Del Piero is by far the best Juventus goal scorer with a total 290 goals, 42 of the goals are his trademark free kicks. In 1997–98 UEFA Champions League Juventus reached the final. 

Despite Del Piero being the competition's top scorer, Juventus lost the final match to Real Madrid. 2006 was a dramatic year for Del Piero because Juventus were relegated to Serie B due to illegal activities but Del Piero was an important player for Azzurri winning the 2006 World Cup. Del Piero netted a beautiful ball to Germany's goal in the semi finals and

Germany

was defeated on its home soil. Del Piero stayed in Juventus while they were in Serie B and that meant a lot for the Juve fans.

Striker — Giampiero Boniperti

Giampiero Boniperti is a former Italian footballer, who was a striker and one of the Juventus best 11 of all time. He was in the club for his entire career (15 years) between 1946 and 1961. A creative striker with good technique, Boniperti is regarded as one of the greatest and most successful Italian players of all time. He was known for his ability in the air and for having the capacity to score with both feet, as well as his head.

 Due to his ball control, technical ability, vision, and passing range, he excelled as an assist provider during the final few years of his career, creatively supporting his more offensive team mates. As one of the best Juventus XI of all time, he played 459 games and scored 182 times. They won five Serie A titles and two Coppa Italia during his 15 years playing for the club. 

Although he began as a center forward, he could play also as an inside forward or on the right wing. In his second season when he was 20 years old, Boniperti scored 27 goals and finished above Valentino Mazzola as the league top scorer. In 1957, Juventus signed two forwards, John Charles and Omar Sivori. The three of them formed a magical trio. At the time of his retirement, Boniperti was Juventus' all-time top goalscorer with 182 in all competitions. This record stood for over 40 years before Alessandro Del Piero beat it on January 10, 2006.

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