"Juve aren't just the team I love. They are my love"
Happy birthday, Boniperti!
Quotes such as the one above show just why the bond between Juventus and honourary club president Giampiero Boniperti remains as strong as ever.
For 34 years Boniperti, who celebrates his 87th birthday today, led Juventus with passion, pride and spirit: 15 (1946-61) as a player and 19 (1971-90) as president.
After joining the Bianconeri at the tender age of 18, he went on to make a total of 459 appearances, scoring 179 goals and lifting five Scudetto titles and two Coppa Italia trophies.
During his time as president, nine further Italian championships and all international honours were added to the club’s trophy cabinet, with his famous mantra following him from the pitch to the boardroom.
"At Juventus winning isn't important, it's the only thing that matters"
On the day of his 87th birthday, all associated with Juventus Football Club would like to wish Giampiero many happy returns.