Juventus Football Club is undoubtedly one of the biggest and most successful professional football clubs in Italy. The club was established way back in 1897 and it is situated in Turin, Piedmont.
Juventus have won the league titles on eight latest consecutive occasions and are on course to win the 9th title this season. The Serie A champions are the second oldest club in Italy behind Genoa football club which was established in 1893.
The club was set up by a group of young Torinese students and was known as Sport-Club Juventus before it was changed to the new it bears now. The club also has its own nickname like other clubs, which the fans identify with. Juventus are popularly called the Old Lady of Turin (Vecchia Signora) or Bianconeris (Black and White).
Juventus derived one of their nicknames from its home kit which is a black and white stripe shirt and shorts. Juventus started using the home kit since 1903 and has stuck it. The Old Lady plays their home games in Allianz Stadium, which has a capacity of 41,507. The club moved to the new stadium after playing its home matches on different grounds around its city.
The Bianconeris is the record holder for all the domestic competitions, having lifted a total of 35 official league trophies along with 13 Coppa Italia trophies. The club has also won 8 national Super Cups titles and two Intercontinental Cups. Juventus have also lifted two European Cups/UEFA Champions League, one European Cup Winners’ Cup, a national record of three UEFA Cups, two UEFA Super Cups, and one UEFA Intertoto Cup.
The Serie A champions are not only one of the most laureated football clubs but also lead the historical Federazione Italiana Giuoco Calcio (FIGC) ranking. Juventus are numbe four in Europe and 8th in the world for most confederation titles won, having lifted eleven trophies. The Old Lady achieved this feat after leading the UEFA ranking during seven seasons since its inception in 1979. By this success, Juventus became the first Italian team and joint second overall to dominate a UEFA ranking.
Throughout the 2011/12 Serie A season, Juventus was unbeaten and set an Italian record that has not been broken to date. The club then went on to win a third consecutive Scudetto with a record 102 points and 33 wins in 2013/14, which was the 30th official league title in the club’s history.
Not satisfied with dominating the Italian league, Juventus were hungry for another Champions League trophy after winning it in 1996. This led to the sack of former boss Massimiliano Allegri, who won the Serie A for five straight years, and the immediate appointment of Maurizio Sarri. The club also brought in several players to help achieve their target.
The Serie A champions signed Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid for a transfer record fee of €100 million (£88 million) and also brought in Matthijs de Ligt from Ajax in a deal worth £67.5million. The club also brought in Brazilian defender Danilo from Man City in a deal that saw full-back Joao Cancelo move to Etihad stadium.
Juventus also signed Aaron Ramsey, Adrien Rabiot and Gianluigi Buffon on free transfers after their contracts expired at Arsenal and Paris Saint-Germain respectively.
Juventus have the biggest wage bill in Italy and one of the most expensive squads in the world. The highest-paid player in Juventus is Cristiano Ronaldo, popularly known as CR7. The Portuguese international pockets a weekly salary of £1,000,000. The five-time Ballon d’Or winner also earns the same weekly salary with Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi. Ronaldo also earns a monthly salary of £4,000,000 and a yearly salary of £36 million.
Argentine striker Gonzalo Higuain and Netherland defender De Ligt are both second-highest earner in Juventus. Both players pocket £240,000 weekly.
Juventus F.C. 2019-20 Payroll
|Player||Gross Weekly Wages|
|Matthijs de Ligt||£240,000|
|Mattia De Sciglio||£55,000|