Giampiero Boniperti

Giampiero Boniperti (born 4 July 1928 in Barengo, Piedmont) is an Italian former football player who played his entire career at Juventus between 1946 and 1961. He also played for the Italian national football team. After retirement from professional football, Boniperti has been a president of Juventus and a deputy to the European Parliament.

Italian striker Giampiero Boniperti is one of the most legendary figures at Juventus, the club where he spent most of his career. Having started out as a player in the lower leagues with Momo, his move to Turin early in 1947 would be the last of his career. He remained with Juventus for the next fourteen years, setting several club records. 

Boniperti made an instant impact at Juventus. Having played a few games for the club at the end of the 1946-47 season, his first full season in 1947-48 saw him finish as leading goalscorer in Serie A, his performances earning him a place in the Italian national team. In 1950 he won his first Serie A Championship medal with Juventus, and also made one appearance in an unsuccessful World Cup campaign for Italy.  

Winning another Serie A title in 1952, Boniperti was one of Italy's most prolific strikers in the early 1950s, regularly scoring more than fifteen league goals a season. Later in the 1950s, the goals did not come as frequently as Juventus' domestic success dried up for several years, although Boniperti did make a second World Cup appearance in 1954. 

Most of the club success in Boniperti's career came towards the end of his time as a player. He won his third Serie A title in 1958, the Italian Cup in 1959 and a league and cup double in 1960. After taking a fifth championship with Juventus in 1961, Boniperti ended his playing career as the holder of the club records for both appearances and goals in all competitions. 

With 182 goals in all-competitions, Boniperti was the highest goalscorer in Juventus' history for more than 40 years, until his record was bested by Alessandro Del Piero on 10 January 2006. Del Piero also broke his appearance record on 14 February 2010 when he played his 445th Serie A game. Notably, Boniperti is the tenth-highest goalscorer of all-time in Serie A and was named by Pelé as one of the top 125 greatest living footballers in March 2004. 

After his retirement, Boniperti returned to Juventus in 1971 to take over as club president, as was responsible for several inspired coaching appointments that helped the club to achieve a new era of domestic and European success. Over Boniperti's nineteen years as president, Juventus won nine Serie A titles, four Italian Cups and all three European club trophies.  [source :]

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