Juventus honorary chairman and former Italy forward Giampiero Boniperti died aged 92
due to heart failure, Italian media reported on Friday.
Boniperti rose to iconic status in Turin, playing 459 games between 1946 and 1961.
He later served the club in a variety of different roles, including as a director and
honorary president. His funeral will take place in the coming days.
Boniperti joined Juve as a teenager in 1944, breaking into the first team two years later.
A diminutive forward at 5ft 9in, his role up top carved out legend status in Turin.
In his first full season with Juventus’ first team, he scored 27 goals, making him Serie A’s
top scorer as a 20-year-old.
He went on to score 179 goals for his club, having been born in nearby Barengo, around
50 miles northeast of Turin.
This incredible tally made him Juve’s all-time leading goalscorer, until Alessandro Del
Piero beat his record more than 40 years later.
Such was his talent, that he was named by Pele as one of the 125 greatest players of all
time. Boniperti also featured for Italy’s national team, earning 38 caps for the Azzurri.
He scored eight goals, representing his country at the 1950 and 1954 World Cups, as well
as the Olympics in 1952.
Shortly after his retirement, Boniperti was offered a director’s role at Juventus.
Boniperti served as a member of the European Parliament between 1994 and 1999 for
the Italian center-right party Forza Italia.
He retired from public life in his later years, although still held his title as honorary
chairman of his beloved Juventus.