30 June 2016
Juventus Football Club can today confirm the departure of Martin Caceres, whose contract expires today on 30 June 2016.
Now at the end of his second spell with the Bianconeri, the Uruguayan defender will be forever remembered as one of eight players to have featured in all five of the Old Lady’s history-making consecutive Scudetto titles, to which he added three Italian Super Cups and two Coppa Italia crowns.
A popular figure in the dressing room and a favourite among the team’s fans, the sight of El Pelado collecting his winners’ medal on 15 May roundly warmed the hearts of the Juventus Stadium faithful and concluded his adventure in Turin in the best possible fashion.
Martin’s Juve career even began in the same successful vein, netting superbly on the volley on his debut against Lazio on 12 September 2009 after joining on loan from Barcelona.
The Uruguayan, likened to compatriot and fellow Juventus favourite Paolo Montero for his combative qualities, returned to the Old Lady on a permanent basis in January 2012 donning his countryman’s number 4 jersey and would even score again on his second Bianconeri bow, bagging a pair of crucial Coppa Italia semi-final strikes against Milan at the San Siro.
Ever a man for the big occasion, Caceres added two more to his tally in subsequent seasons to the detriment of Inter the following March and Napoli in 2015; unsurprisingly both goals of great importance.
Although limited to just 449 minutes of action in his final campaign in Turin following lengthy injury lay-offs inflicted in October and February, Martin will be remembered fondly by fans and players alike for his sterling service to the club.
This year’s Serie A triumph is still the Uruguayan’s fifth in a row for the Bianconeri who haven’t looked back since welcoming him into their ranks, a remarkable achievement nonetheless for a player who has enjoyed nothing but success throughout his career to date.
All associated with the club would like to thank Martin for his efforts in a history-making five-season spell and wish him all the best for the future, whatever it may hold.