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5 most underrated players in Juventus history

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Juventus have established themselves as one of the largest teams in Europe and arguably the largest in Italy.

An endless list of football greats dressed the famous Black and White Old Ladies.

Zinedine Zidane,, Gigi Buffon,, Alessandro Del Piero,, Antonio Conte,, Andrea Pirlo i Giorgio Chiellini are just some of the hundreds of players who have contributed to Juventus ’rich history.

However, as with every top team in the world, there were a few players who contributed in one way or another to the success of the Bianconeri, but saw their entries go under the radar for a variety of reasons.

The list below may not be pleasant for everyone, but these players are hard to talk about in the same light as their teammates at the time.

Some players from this career list have played for other clubs, so this list is limited to their time at the Allianz Stadium.

5 most respected players in the history of Juventus

# 5 Andrea Barzagli

Juventus - Atalanta BC - Serie A
Juventus – Atalanta BC – Serie A

The Italian is the least underrated player on this list and his inclusion would undoubtedly raise some eyebrows.

Barzagli was least talked about in the famous Juventus “BBC” trio consisting of Leonardo Bonucci, Giorgio Chiellini and Barzagli himself.

The trio have played together at Juventus since Barzagli’s arrival at the Turin club in 2011, playing in Antonio Conte’s famous 3-5-2 formation and defeating three consecutive Scudettos under the Italian.

While Bonucci was a Rolls-Royce trio, served as a defensive player for the club, and Chiellini was the team leader, Barzagli was a bull who did not take prisoners in his defensive assignments.

Barzagli played for Juventus for almost nine years and collected almost 300 appearances for the club before retiring in 2019.

He won the Scudetto in each of his league seasons at the club except the first, while winning eight more domestic trophies.

Barzagli was named Serie A team of the year on four different occasions.


# 4 Stephan Lichtsteiner

Tottenham Hotspur - Juventus - UEFA Champions League, Round of 16: Second leg
Tottenham Hotspur – Juventus – UEFA Champions League, Round of 16: Second leg

This is another name on the list that could cause a bit of controversy as the Swiss international has been a regular Juventus for many years.

Lichsteiner signed for Juventus from Italian rival Lazio in 2011 and quickly solidified his place in the starting XI as a looting right winger in Conte’s 3-5-2.

Lichsteiner was a favorite nickname for Forvent Gump by Juventus, and was known for his persistence and relentlessness towards the Bianconeri.

In his seven seasons, he played over 250 appearances for the Turin club and won 14 trophies.


# 3 Sami Khedira

SS Lazio - Juventus - Serie A
SS Lazio – Juventus – Serie A

Khedira joined Juventus in 2015 after a trophy spell at Real Madrid. He quickly settled to the side and surpassed his overall Real Madrid goal in the first two seasons at Juventus.

The last season of the German World Cup at Juventus suffered numerous injuries, as he managed only 22 appearances in Serie A in the last two and a half seasons.

However, he will be remembered for playing an integral part of the Juventus route to the 2016/2017 Champions League final.

Khedira has appeared 145 times and scored 21 goals for Juventus before moving to Hertha Berlin in February 2020.


# 2 Medhi Benatia

Real Madrid v Juventus - 2018 International Champions Cup
Real Madrid v Juventus – 2018 International Champions Cup

Benatia, the second central defender on the list, signed for Juventus in 2016 on a season loan from Bayern Munich.

Due to the presence of more proven defenders in the club, the Moroccan national team player mainly played a reserve role in the team.

His loan became permanent after his debut season in Turin in which he averaged joint fights and interceptions in Serie A for Juventus.

He joined the team more after signing permanently, playing an important role in Juventus ’sixth consecutive title defense. He also scored twice in the Coppa Italia final against AC Milan.

Benatia made just five appearances with the Italian giant in his third season before joining Al Duhail in 2019. He won six trophies at Juventus.


# 1 Carlos Tevez

Juventus - Real Madrid CF - UEFA Champions League Semifinals
Juventus – Real Madrid CF – UEFA Champions League Semifinals

Tevez joined Juventus in 2013 after four seasons at Manchester City and quickly proved his worth to Juventus fans, scoring his fourth goal in Juventus ’4-0 win over Lazio in his debut.

The Argentine was undoubtedly a proven striker when he signed for Juventus as he had already made a name for himself in the Premier League.

Although he signed for the Old Lady at the age of 30, who is considered old in the football world, he showed no signs of slowing down as he scored 50 goals in just two seasons at the Allianz Stadium.

Tevez moved to Boca Juniors after two seasons with Juventus, but not before winning back the Juventus Player of the Season award, after being selected as the back-to-back Serie A team of the year and winning the Serie A player of the season in his last season in Italy.

As a result of his performances in his last season at Juventus, Tevez was named in the shortlist for ten members for the best UEFA player in Europe in 2015.

Posted March 16, 2021, 4:51 AM IST


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