One of the 50 stars to adorn Juventus Stadium, Bianconeri legend Franco Causio, is today celebrating his 65th birthday.
Born in Puglia, Causio, affectionately known as the ‘Baron’ for his style and grace on the field of play, began his career with hometown side Lecce before Juventus swooped to secure his services in 1966.
Then a precocious 17-year-old talent in need of first team experience, the winger spent productive spells on loan with Reggina and Palermo, where he adjusted to the demands of high level professional football.
Four goals in one game against Forli prompted Juventus to recall the boyhood Bianconeri fan, who perfectly fitted the “young and hungry” recruitment policy championed by the club. Deployed on the right flank by Giovanni Trapattoni, Causio delighted supporters with his unwavering commitment to the cause and team play.
His performances during the decade of the 70s were rewarded by an impressive trophy haul: six Scudetto titles, a UEFA Cup and a Coppa Italia.
In total, he netted 72 goals in the black and white stripes, 49 of which came in the league. Three of these were particularly memorable, a stunning hat-trick against the opposition Antonio Conte’s men face on Sunday night, Inter.
All associated with Juventus Football Club wish Franco many happy returns.