The 1983/84 campaign began with some sad departures: Dino Zoff retired at the age of 41, and Roberto Bettega went to finish his glittering career in Canada. However, it also brought some exciting arrivals: new goalkeeper Stefano Tacconi, the deadly Beniamino Vignola, and, of course, Michel Platini all signed for the Bianconeri.
Juve started as they meant to go on, recording an emphatic 7-0 win against Ascoli in which Domenico Penzo scored four times. In the fourth game, Lazio tried and failed to bring an end to the run of Giovanni Trapattoni’s men, scuppered by an extraordinary goal by Platini. The Frenchman then struck again a week later to secure a victory against Milan.
But Juve slipped up in the derby, and a Sampdoria side featuring former Juve player Liam Brady and the future Bianconeri man Galia went on to inflict a second defeat in eight days on Trapattoni’s men.
Their reply was fierce: 3-1 against Verona, with a double from Paolo Rossi, and 2-0 against Catania. After further wins against Inter and Avellino, Juve had established themselves as frontrunners for the title by the middle of winter.
The second half of the season was glorious. A 3-0 victory against Milan was followed a famous return derby. Torino went ahead, but Platini won the game for Trapattoni’s men with a legendary double. Juventus 32, Roma 27: the hard work had been done. A wonderful performance from the whole team in Milan against Inter on 29 April put Juventus’ 21st Scudetto victory beyond all doubt.
Platini’s debut season for the club had been an extraordinary triumph, scoring 20 goals and finishing as the league’s top scorer in the process.