Juventus, one of the most famous names in Italian football, have had incredible success since their inception over 100 years ago. ‘The Old Lady’, as they are fondly called have over 30 Italian league titles and cups, and have also been victorious in European competitions on several occasions. Apart from winning titles, the Italian giants have had a history of signing some of the best players to come out of their generation, leading them to glory.
Let's have a look at 5 of the best players to have signed by Juventus.
#5 Ciro Ferrara
After spending all of his professional career playing in Napoli with the likes of Diego Maradona and winning a number of titles on the way, Ciro Ferrara earned a move to Italy’s biggest club, Juventus, in the summer of 1994.
In a period of 11 years at the club, Ferrara was one of the few players who was always guaranteed a starting berth when fit. He was consistently world-class for the entire length of his Juventus career, in which he made 358 appearances for the Old Lady and scored 20 important goals for them.
His presence in the backline gave them the proverbial ‘rock at the back’ that every elite team needs, as they won 6 Serie A titles, a Champions League, an Intercontinental Cup and a Coppa Italia during his tenure at the club.
Ferrara’s positioning, silky style of play with the ball and his typically Italian no-holds-barred approach to marking allowed him to dominate at his position even in his late-30s, and many critics regard that his overall influence on the game actually grew from what it was before he moved to Juventus.
Although his appearances became more and more sporadic as his age wore on, his quality did not decline, and Ferrara received another Serie A winners’ medal in 2004-05 as a last bow to his professional career, which he ended at the age of 38.