Juventus are the most successful club in Italian football. The Bianconeri have been the undisputed kings of the Italian domestic scene for almost a decade, with AC Milan being the last team not named Juventus to win the Serie A title.
The Bianconeri's tally of 36 league titles is double that of the next two successful clubs in the Italian top-flight (AC Milan and Inter Milan - 18 apiece). During their nine-year Serie A reign, Juventus won four consecutive league and cup doubles and also reached the Champions League final on two occasions.
1. Gianluigi Buffon -
Gianluigi Buffon is arguably one of the greatest goalkeepers in the history of the game. During an illustrious career for club and country, the 2006 FIFA World Cup winner has carved out records galore while being an epitome of longevity and excellence. After making his professional debut for Parma in 1995, Buffon joined Juventus in the summer of 2001 and has been a fixture at the club except for a season-long stint at Paris St. Germain. Renowned for his agility, strength, composure in the penalty area, positional sense, and exceptional shot-stopping ability, Buffon is the only player to win ten Serie A titles (all for Juventus). Buffon, who has kept an impressive 316 clean sheets in 672 appearances in all competitions for Juventus.
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2. Lilian Thuram -
A key player in France's 1998 FIFA World Cup-winning team, Lilian Thuram played only five seasons for Juventus but managed to carve out a niche for himself during that period. The Frenchman, renowned for his pace, strength, tactical intelligence, and tackling prowess, left Juventus after the club was relegated to Serie B in the aftermath of the infamous Calciopoli scandal. However, during his five years in Turin, the most-capped French player in history excelled at the right-back position like few else in the Italian club's history. Thuram's versatility meant that he was also deployed as a center-back on occasion, but it was as a right-back the former Barcelona player who had the most impact at Juventus, as he became renowned as on that the best in the business in his position.
3. Gaetano Scirea -
After making his professional debut with Atalanta, he blossomed into an accomplished center-back at Juventus while also excelling in Italy colors. Scirea was particularly renowned for his outstanding sportsman spirit - he never received a red card - despite winning all international trophies recognized by FIFA and UEFA during his career. Scirea won seven Serie A titles, two Copa Del Rey honors, and one European Champions Clubs' Cup (now known as the Champions League) before unfortunately passing away in a car accident in Poland in 1989.
4. Giorgio Chiellini -
The only player to make at least one appearance in each of Juventus' nine consecutive Serie A-winning seasons, Giorgio Chiellini, along with Leonardo Bonucci and Andrea Barzagli, formed one of the most-feared defensive trifectas in the game. Chiellini, who made his professional debut with Livorno in 2000, has played for Juventus since 2005. The Bianconeri captain is one of the bedrocks of a formidable Juventus defense and is arguably one of the best center-backs to have ever played for the club.
Known for his tackling prowess, positional awareness, aerial ability,y and penchant to read the game, Chiellini, who started his career as a left-back, has been described as a 'force of nature' by his former Livorno manager Walter Mazzarri.
5. Antonio Cabrini -
Antonio Cabrini is one of the few players to have won every UEFA Cup competition in club football. During an illustrious 13-year stint at Juventus, the elegant left-back, along with Gaetano Scirea and Claudio Gentile, formed one of the most fearsome defensive troikas in world football. Regarded as one of the most accomplished full-backs to have graced the game, Cabrini's tactical awareness, crossing ability, aerial prowess, and set-piece expertise helped him win honors galore with Juventus and Italy.
The 1982 World Cup winner may have missed a penalty in the final against West Germany but scored 33 times in 297 appearances for Juventus, with whom he won six Scudettos among a host of other domestic and continental silverware during a golden period for the club.
6. Pavel Nedved -
Pavel Nedved, one of the most elegant midfielders of his generation, endeared himself to the Juventus faithful after arriving at the club in the summer of 2001.
Nicknamed Furia Ceca (Czech Fury) for his energetic runs from midfield, Nedved was renowned for his crossing ability, tackling prowess, and set-piece expertise. His versatility meant that he could be deployed in a bevy of positions across the attacking and middle thirds of the pitch.
Nedved, who could also shoot from a distance, stayed back at the club when Juventus were relegated to Serie B following the Calciopoli scandal. The 2003 Ballon d'Or winner won two Serie A titles and one Serie B title during his playing days with the Bianconeri while also featuring for Juventus in their Champions League final defeat to Milan (in 2003).
7. Michel Platini -
Michel Platini may have played only five seasons at Juventus but left his mark at the club like none else.
The elegant Frenchman, a three-time Ballon d'Or winner, scored goals galore for the Bianconeri - 104 goals in 223 games in all competitions to be exact - as he won two Scudettos and the European Champions Clubs' Cup (now called the Champions League). Apart from being a prolific goalscorer, Platini was also renowned for his passing ability, dribbling skills, set-piece prowess, and tactical intelligence. His versatility allowed him to be deployed in a plethora of positions in the attacking third such as attacking midfield or second striker.
8. Zinedine Zidane -
Zinedine Zidane arrived at Juventus after a recommendation from none other than his illustrious compatriot Michel Platini. One of a handful of players to have won the FIFA World Cup, UEFA Champions League, and the Ballon d'Or, Zizou, as he was often called, is often regarded as one of the finest players in history.
The versatile Frenchman, who has been eulogized by many players for his technical abilities, scoring and goal-creating prowess as well as tactical intelligence, won two Scudettos with the Bianconeri while also appearing in consecutive Champions League finals. Zidane did not score goals aplenty for Juventus but his impact on the field was such that it required a world-record transfer fee from Real Madrid to land his services in the summer of 2001.
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9. Alessandro Del Piero -
Alessandro Del Piero is Juventus' all-time top-scorer with 290 goals in over 700 appearances in all competitions for the club. Yet, Del Piero wasn't only a quintessential goal-poacher; he could also conjure goal-scoring opportunities aplenty for teammates. Due to his attributes, the Italy international was often deployed as a 'trequartista', a position between the midfield and strikers.
Didier Deschamps, who managed Del Piero at Juventus, often described the player as a 'nine and a half' as Del Piero was equally adept as a striker as well as in an attacking midfield role. The two-footed player was also renowned for his defensive work rate, passing accuracy, and set-piece prowess.
10. Giampiero Boniperti -
The oldest player on this list, the 92-year-old Giampiero Boniperti is widely renowned as one of Juventus and Italy's greatest-ever players. Boniperti, who played 15 seasons at Juventus from 1946 to 1961, is the club's all-time second-highest goal-scorer with 179 goals in all competitions. The 5' 9" forward won six Scudettos with the Bianconeri and was renowned for his creativity, scoring ability, and technical prowess on the ball. One of the last living vestiges of the true one-club man, Boniperti spent his entire playing career with Juventus.
11. Roberto Bettega -
Roberto Bettega, like Giampiero Boniperti, also scored 179 goals for the Bianconeri during an illustrious 13-year career with Juventus. The prolific forward, who missed Italy's 1982 FIFA World Cup due to an injury, was renowned for his physical strength, aerial prowess, and versatility, which meant that he was equally at ease as a center-forward as he was a second striker or an attacking midfielder. One of the few players to have top-scored in both Serie B (1969-70) and Serie A (1979-80), Bettega won seven Scudettos, two Italian Cup titles,s and a UEFA Cup for Juventus during a golden period for the club.