Juventus Build on World Cup Record Thanks to Argentina

Juventus already held the record for most World Cup champions before the recent edition. They added to it in Qatar as Angel Di Maria and Leandro Paredes lifted the trophy. Twenty-seven Bianconeri have done it over the years.

The first place was actually on the line in the final. The side right behind them, Bayern Munich, had four representatives in the France roster. The Old Lady just one, Adrien Rabiot. The long list is inevitably fueled by Italy’s four triumphs (via TuttoSport).

The 1934 and 1938 World Cup squads featured 11 Juventus players combined. The 1982 one had six: the legendary Dino Zoff, Antonio Cabrini, Claudio Gentile, Gaetano Scirea, Marco Tardelli, and Paolo Rossi, the backbone of the Azzurri. Instead, Marcello Lippi leaned on five in Germany in 2006: Gianluigi Buffon, Fabio Cannavaro, Gianluca Zambrotta, Mauro German Camoranesi, and Alessandro Del Piero.

Three French players contributed to the accomplishment. Didier Deschamps and Zinedine Zidane in 1998 and Blaise Matuidi in 2018. On top of joining the list, Di Maria became just the fourth player to score in an Olympic and a World Cup final. Pedro Cea, Ferenc Puskas, and Zoltan Czibor are part of the exclusive club, according to Il Foglio’s journalist Giuseppe Pastore.

Instead, by denying a PK in the group stage, Wojciech Szczesny was the only one that prevented Lionel Messi from scoring in every match in the World Cup. Brazilian icon Jairzinho remains in sole possession of such record, which he registered in 1970.

Roma also made history thanks to Argentina’s victory. Paulo Dybala didn’t play many minutes but contributed with a successful attempt in the shoot-out. As per Goal, at least one Giallorosso has won the trophy in nine different editions.

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