Golden Foot Candidates: David Trezeguet

Here’s a look at the list of the candidates who have been nominated for this year’s awards.

Last, but not the least on this list is France’s striking legend David Trezeguet.

The winner of the award has to be above the age of 28 and still playing. Awarded for a footballer’s outstanding sporting achievements, the winner gets to leave his footprints on the Champions Promenade overlooking the seafront at the Principality of Monaco. Just like the Hollywood walk of fame, only slightly less cool.

Juventus French forward David Trezeguet

Full name: David Sergio Trezeguet

DOB: October 15, 1977

Clubs: Atletico Platense, AS Monaco, Juventus, Hercules, SC Baniyas, River Plate, Newell’s Old Boys*

Why has he been included on this list?

In addition to showcasing the same longevity that the other candidates on this list show, Trezeguet is known throughout the world for being a clinical striker who can score a goal that can turn a game on its head despite being out for large parts of it.

A predator – one of a dying breed of striking positions – Trezeguet has often been alluded to a snake in the grass for the manner in which he preys on unsuspecting defenders. In addition to his excellent goal scoring ability, Trezeguet demonstrates a loyalty that is seldom found in the modern-day footballer.

His move to River Plate in his homeland of Argentina in 2012 after leaving Emirati club Baniyas on his own accord because he was continually injured and wasn’t content to pick up a hefty paycheque by sitting on the side lines shows a love for the game that is rarely found in football.

What’s he won?

Trezeguet’s first trophies came with AS Monaco, the club that discovered him in Argentina and set him on the path to greatness. He won Le Championnat in 1997 and 2000 and lifted a Trophee des Champions soon after he won his first league title.

Silverware continued to follow him when he moved to Turin. He won four Serie A titles with the club in 2002, 2003, 2005 and 2006. For their involvement in Calciopoli however, the club were stripped of the titles they had won in 2005 and 2006 and relegated to Serie B.

Despite a large contingent of Juventus players including Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Fabio Cannavaro and Trezeguet’s countrymen Lilian Thuram and Patrick Vieira leaving the club, Trezeguet joined the likes of Pavel Nedved, Alessandro Del Piero and Gianluigi Buffon in helping La Vecchia Signora return to the top flight, winning Serie B in the process.

In addition, he’s won two Italian Super Cups with Juventus. On moving to Argentina, he helped River Plate return to the Argentine top flight, a scenario that was familiar to him on a personal note as the legendary club won the Primera B Nacional in 2012.

But all the silverware he has won with the clubs he has played for pale in comparison to what he has won for his country. Choosing to play for France over his native Argentina, Trezeguet was part of the team that won the World Cup in 1998, scoring in the shoot-out in the quarter finals against the Italians.

Two years later, he scored the Golden Goal that helped France to their second European Championship.

On a personal level, he has been included in the FIFA 100, a list of 125 of the greatest players in the world nominated by Pele as part of FIFA’s centenary celebrations. He is also Juventus’ highest scorer of foreign origin and is fourth in the list of all-time goal scorers for the Turin-based outfit. In his second season at Juve (2001-02_, he was named Serie A Footballer of the Year, Serie A Foreign Footballer of the Year and Serie A Top Goal Scorer. The same year, he was included in UEFA’s Team of the Year, adding to being named Ligue 1 Young Player of the Year in 1998.

River Plate's new player, French-Argenti

Best and worst moments

There are few moments better than winning a World Cup in front of your home fans and Trezeguet was able to experience that along with the rest of France’s Golden Generation in 1998.

But he eclipsed that moment when he rose to fame with his Golden Goal against old enemies Italy in Rotterdam, helping France win the 2000 European Championships.

But while his highlights have been with his country, so have his lowlights.

Trezeguet missed the penalty that led to Italy lifting the World Cup in 2006. He later broke down when the entire team met then-President Nicolas Sarkozy and had to be consoled by Thierry Henry and Lilian Thuram.

Another penalty miss that will be attributed to him is the one that was saved by Dida in the 2003 Champions League final. AC Milan would go on to win that tournament.

But nothing can compare to the humiliation of losing out on a championship that you’ve worked so hard to win, only to see it taken away from you for no fault of your own. Trezeguet, with the rest of his Juve teammates – will surely never forget the ignominy they suffered when they were stripped of the Serie A titles in 2005 and 2006.

What’s he like off the pitch?

Trezeguet regularly turns out for charity games. This summer, he is expected to take part in a charity game alongside Lionel Messi in the United States.

In 2000, soon after his heroics at the Euros, Trezeguet scored a hat trick in a charity game against a FIFA All Stars Team that was meant to be Laurent Blanc’s testimonial, proceeds from which would go towards FIFA’s charitable causes.

In 1998, soon after lifting the World Cup, Trezeguet was made a Chevalier of the Legion d’Honneur with the rest of his team mates.

Trezeguet is married to Beatrice, who hails from Alicante in Spain. He moved to Hercules in order to be closer to her and has two children with her, named Aaron and Noraan.

Could he win the Golden Foot?

Trezeguet would not be one of the outright favourites to win the award, but would definitely be in contention for it. His longevity and dedication to the game would make him a candidate to win it, especially after many thought his inclusion on the list was rather surprising.


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