Today’s date is an important one for Juventus, because 2 October 1935 saw the birth of one of the club’s most legendary players: Omar Sivori.
Having grown up in San Nicolas de los Arroyos, his long and successful career in the black and white stripes began in 1957, when Juve president Umberto Agnelli decided to bring him to Italy from River Plate for a 10 millon peso fee that was a world-record at the time.
Arriving at the same time were Welshman John Charles and future club president Giampiero Boniperti, players who would form an extraordinary trio alongside Sivori.
During his eight seasons in Turin, “El Cabezón’s” incredible talent proved decisive in the three Scudetto titles and Coppa Italia trophies that Juve added to their trophy cabinet whilst he was at the club.
So eye-catching were his performances as top-scorer in 1959/60 that he was named Ballon d’Or winner in 1961, a feat never before achieved by a Juventus player.
And with the Bianconeri set to face Real Madrid away in the Champions League on 23 October this year, it is worth celebrating the striker’s exploits in the same fixture back in 1962: it was his goal which handed Juve their first ever victory at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Known for his tendency to pull off a nutmeg, his irrepressible energy and great skill led to him becoming widely dubbed the “Maradona of the sixties”. His South American flair and his record (shared with Silvio Piola) of scoring six goals in a single Serie A match means that he will always be remembered following his sad death on 17 February 2005.