10 years on from the biggest match-fixing scandal in Italy:
Juventus legend David Trezeguet spoke exclusively to THE TURF about how staying loyal to ‘The Old Lady’ led to their recent success in the Serie A.
A decade ago, Juventus were rocked with relegation to the Serie B for the very first time. The 2006 match-fixing scandal involving former Juventus Managing Director Luciano Moggi shocked the club and the entire country.
Juve faced the impossible task of starting the season with a nine point deduction; and the pain of their 2005 and 2006 titles stripped away from them.
The pain was too much to bear for some. Stars Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Patrick Vieira and Gianluca Zambrotta departed the club not long after.
Trezeguet was part of the group of stars who stayed loyal to ‘The Old Lady’. He felt that it was only right to stay faithful to the club that had transformed him into such a prolific player.
“I was loyal because that’s what it felt like to be a part of this club. It was a stepping stone it was the beginning of a new era and an end of one.
As a person and an individual I definitely believed I had to be a part of this second process which led to now-days success,” said Trezeguet.
Playing alongside Alessandro Del Piero, Gigi Buffon, Pavel Nedved, Juventus went 18 games undefeated and won the Serie B title with three games remaining. Trezeguet feels that this experience shaped him into the person he is today.
LOVE FOR THE CLUB
“Juve means everything to me, in terms of work ethic, life and values”
Trezeguet’s career at Juventus saw him score 171 goals in 318 games. He is regarded as one of the greatest players to wear the shirt.
“It was a life-changing experience because of my time there for 10 years since I was a young kid. The club helped me grow as a person, and as a player to became the most prolific goalscorer ever for the club,” said Trezeguet.
Juventus have gone on to become a powerhouse in Italy, winning the last five Serie A titles.