David Sergio Trezeguet Country
Playing position: forward
AS Monaco FC (1995-2000) Juventus (2000-10)
Hércules CF (2010-11)
Baniyas FC (2011)
CA River Plate (2012-14)
CA Newell’s Old Boys (2013-14) FC Pune City (2014)
France (1998-2008) – 71 caps / 34 goals
FIFA World Cup: 1998
UEFA European Championship: 2000
French League: 1997 & 2000
Italian League: 2001 & 2003
UEFA Team of the Year: 2001
Italian League Top Goalscorer: 2002 (24 goals)
A goalscoring predator of the highest pedigree, he spent a decade with Italian giants Juventus, becoming the most prolific foreign marksman in the club’s history with 171 goals in all competitions. He also shone repeatedly for France, the most memorable of his 34 international strikes being the ‘golden goal’ against Italy in the final of UEFA EURO 2000.
Born in Normandy, France while his football-playing Argentinian father was at FC Rouen, he was brought up in Buenos Aires and began his playing career with Platense before crossing the Atlantic again to join Monaco. He remained in the Principality for five years, during which he won two Ligue 1 titles and established himself as a French international, having opted for Les Bleus over Argentina, for whom he was also eligible.
Won the FIFA World Cup on home soil in 1998, appearing in every game bar the final, and made it two major tournament wins out of two with his iconic ‘supersub’ strike in Rotterdam two years later that made him a national hero. He left France for Italy after that tournament, becoming Juventus’s record signing.
Reached a career peak at club level in 2001/02, finishing joint top scorer in Serie A, with 24 goals, as Juve won the scudetto. Helped to retain the title the following season and went on to become a legendary figure in Turin, earning the nickname of ‘Trezegol’ as he continued to score at a prolific rate throughout his ten-year stay, which even included a season in Serie B following the club’s enforced relegation in 2006.
Missed the decisive penalty against Italy in the 2006 World Cup final shoot-out – a match that turned out to be his last at a major tournament as he retired from France duty following exclusion from Raymond Domenech’s UEFA EURO 2008 squad. After leaving Juve in 2010, he continued his career in Argentina with a succession of clubs including the team he supported as a boy, River Plate.