One of the 50 Bianconeri legends to be chosen by the fans, Moreno Torricelli, celebrates his 44th birthday today.
The defender, who wore the black and white stripes between 1992 and 1998, possesses a remarkable story, going from part-time football with Caratese and factory work to triumphing on Europe’s biggest stage in the space of just four years.
Plucked from Serie D obscurity after impressing in a pre-season friendly, Torricelli was taken under the wing of Giovanni Trapattoni and soon earned a professional contract through his determination and application.
Now part of a star-studded Juventus squad featuring the household names of Roberto Baggio, Gianluca Vialli and Angelo Peruzzi, the 22-year-old listened and learned from experienced defensive trio Jurgen Kohler, Stefan Reuter and Massimo Carrera before eventually putting his new-found knowledge into practice.
His full debut came in the Serie A meeting with Atalanta on 13 September 1992, and his first goal followed three days later against Anarthosis Famagosta in the UEFA Cup, a trophy he would go on to lift at the end of the season.
New boss Marcello Lippi took a shine to the versatile defender and continued to deploy him in a variety of positions across the back four. His crowning glory came at the culmination of the 1995/96 campaign, when a spirited performance at Rome’s Stadio Olimpico helped Juventus to Champions League glory against Ajax.
When he moved on to pastures new in 1998, Torricelli could look back on an impressive trophy haul which included three Scudetto titles, one Coppa Italia, two Italian Super Cups, one Champions League triumph, an Intercontinental Cup, a European Super Cup and a UEFA Cup.
All associated with Juventus Football Club wish Moreno many happy returns!