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David Trezeguet doesn't get his proper due
Wednesday, January 30, 2008 | 02:17 PM ET
I'm not sure why he never gets mentioned alongside the likes of Thierry Henry and Didier Drogba, but for my money David Trezeguet is one of the best strikers in the world.
The Juventus star oozes class, scoring beautiful goals like this one against Livorno this past Sunday.
Trezeguet leads Serie A in scoring this season with 15 goals - not a bad tally in a league renowned for putting a premium on defence and where strikers have a lot less time on the ball and not as much free space to operate compared to Spain's La Liga or the English Premiership.
Ever since coming to Italy - just weeks after burning the Azzurri with his "golden goal" in the final of Euro 200 - the Frenchman has established himself as one of the game's most lethal and potent goal poachers.
His arrival at Juventus made no less of a player than Pippo Inzaghi surplus to requirements, as the Turnin outfit quickly sold off the Italian legend to AC Milan and began to build its offence around the Frenchman.
It proved a wise move.
Since his debut in Italy, Trezeguet has scored with alarming regularity (his best season coming in 2001-02 when he led Serie A in scoring with 24 goals), earning the nickname "Trezegol," a tribute to his idol Gabriel Batistuta - the Argentine star was referred to as Batigol during his time in Serie A.
Trezeguet may not be pretty to watch - he floats in and out of games and he totally relies on service from his midfielders - but there's no denying his effectiveness (he's bagged over 150 goals for Juventus and ranks as the highest-scoring foreigner in the club's illustrious history).
The Frenchman is also noted for his versatility, able to score goals on the volley, inside the penalty area and, unlike Thierry Henry, he's strong in the air and can score headers.
And yet Trezeguet doesn't garner the same attention as Henry, Drogba and the host of other high-profile strikers that hog all the headlines.
But if I'm a new manager who is taking over a club and the chairman tells me I can have any forward in the world regardless of price, I'd tell him to spend some big money and buy Trezeguet.
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John F. Molinaro is a reporter for CBC Sport Online whose chief love is international soccer. John served as senior editor of Sports Online's Euro 2004 website, which helped him win a CBC.ca Award of Excellence, and was the driving force behind our coverage of the 2006 FIFA World Cup. He holds an honours BA in sociology from York University and a print journalism diploma from Sheridan College, and is also the author of The Top 100 Pro Wrestlers of All Time (Stewart House, 2002).
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