Today is a hugely important day in Juventus history, because 12 September 1993 – exactly 20 years ago – saw the debut of one of the club’s greatest ever players: Alessandro Del Piero.
When he came onto the field at the Stadio Zaccaria in Foggia as a fresh-faced 19-year-old in place of Fabrizio Ravanelli, the San Vendemiano-born forward made the first of what would later turn out to be 705 appearances in the shirt.
His grand total remains a record - 153 more than previous holder Gaetano Scirea – but it is not the only historical milestone that he achieved. He is also top of the club’s all-time goalscorers list with 289 (110 more than the 179 scored by Giampiero Boniperti, for many years the most prolific finisher of all time).
Appearances and goals are all well and good, but it is the numerous trophies that Del Piero won for the club that really linger in the memory of the fans. With eight Scudetto titles (as well as one in Serie B), a Coppa Italia, four Italian Super Cups, a Champions League, an Intercontinental Cup and a European Super Cup, he will always be remembered as one of the very best to ever take to the field for Juventus.