Trezeguet with River Plate in 2012
|Full name||David Sergio Trezeguet|
|Date of birth||15 October 1977|
|Place of birth||Rouen, France|
|Height||1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)|
|2013–2014||Newell's Old Boys||24||(7)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
David Sergio Trezeguet (French pronunciation: [da.vid sɛʁ.ʒjo tʁe.ze.ɡɛ]; Spanish pronunciation: [ðaˈβið ˈserxjo tɾeseˈɣet]; born 15 October 1977) is a French retired footballer of Argentinian descent, who played as a striker.
Trezeguet began his career with Club Atlético Platense at the age of eight, progressing through their youth system to their first team, where he made his debut in the Primera División in 1994. He finished his career with the club having made five league appearances before transferring to French Ligue 1 side AS Monaco, where he would form a striking partnership with international teammate Thierry Henry. Trezeguet spent some time with Monaco B, the club's reserve-team, in order to gain match practice, having made just nine league appearances in total for the club's first team during his first two seasons. Monaco were crowned champions of the 1996–97 season and qualified for the 1997–98 UEFA Champions League, where Trezeguet scored four goals in nine appearances. Trezeguet scored 18 goals in 27 Ligue 1 appearances in the 1997–98 season, finishing as the league's second leading goal scorer. Trezeguet left the club in 2000, having scored 52 goals in 93 Ligue 1 appearances and having claimed two Ligue 1 championships and the 1997 Trophée des champions.
In 2000, Trezeguet signed for Italian Serie A club Juventus for a transfer fee of £20 million, where he scored 14 goals in 25 league appearances during his first season. He helped Juventus claim the 2001–02 Serie A title, scoring 24 league goals as Juventus qualified for the 2002–03 UEFA Champions League. He was awarded the Capocannonieri as the 2001–02 Serie A top goal scorer, along with Dario Hübner. Trezeguet scored eight goals in 10 Champions League appearances as Juventus eventually lost 2–3 on penalties against Milan in the final. Juventus went on to win the 2002–03 Serie A season, the 2002, and 2003 Supercoppa Italiana. When Juventus were relegated to Serie B for the 2006–07 season, Trezeguet scored 15 goals in 31 league appearances, helping the club gain promotion back to Serie A. Overall, Trezeguet scored 135 goals in 245 league appearances for Juventus, making him the fourth-highest goalscorer in the club's history.
After ten years at Juventus, he transferred to La Liga club Hércules CF for the 2010–11 La Liga season, where he scored 12 goals in 31 appearances being partnered with Nelson Haedo Valdez upfront. On 30 August 2011, Trezeguet completed a move to UAE Pro-League side Baniyas SC on a one-year deal. After making just three league appearances, his contract was terminated by mutual consent 21 November 2011 due to an injury which had kept him sidelined for most of the season. Soon after, in December 2011, Trezeguet signed a three-year contract with Primera B Nacional side River Plate. He scored 13 goals in 19 league appearances, helping the club to gain promotion back into the Primera División. He also participated in the 2011–12 Copa Argentina, where River Plate were knocked out at the semi-final stage.
He scored 34 goals in 71 appearances for the French national team between 1998 and 2008; he also played for France at under-18, under-20, and under-21 levels. Trezeguet represented France at the 1997 FIFA World Youth Championship, the 1998 FIFA World Cup, UEFA Euro 2000, the 2002 FIFA World Cup, UEFA Euro 2004, and the 2006 FIFA World Cup. Despite France winning the 1998 World Cup and finishing runners-up at the 2006 tournament, Trezeguet is perhaps most famous for scoring the golden goal in the Euro 2000 final against Italy, which gave France a 2–1 win in extra time and missing his penalty in the 2006 FIFA World Cup Final. Trezeguet is part of the FIFA 100 list of 125 Greatest living players. In 2015 he was named one of the Golden Foot Award Legends.
Trezeguet was born in Rouen, Normandy, France, and grew up in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He is the son of former Argentine footballer Jorge Trezeguet, who now works as his agent. He has a younger sister.
Trezeguet began his career at Platense in the Argentine Primera División, where he played his first professional game on 12 June 1994 as a 16-year-old in a 1–1 tie against Gimnasia y Esgrima de La Plata. After just five games with the team, he moved to his native country to play for AS Monaco.
In 1995, he was nearing to join Paris Saint-Germain. But the deal was cancelled following disagreement in financial matter, but joined AS Monaco FC. Monaco coach Jean Tigana was "impressed" by Trezeguet who scored 5 goals in trial, signing a deal which saw him earn 15,000 francs a month.
Trezeguet spent two seasons with Monaco B, having made just nine appearances in total for the club's first team during his first two seasons. In 1998, Trezeguet scored the fastest ever goal in terms of velocity in UEFA Champions League history in a quarter-final match against Manchester United. The shot that resulted in a goal was clocked at 97.6 mph (157.3 km/h). With AS Monaco, he won Ligue 1 twice and was named Ligue 1 Young Player of the Year in 1998. He scored a total of 60 goals in 113 appearances for the French club and it was here that he made his name as a potent goalscoring poacher.
During his first season with Juventus under manager Carlo Ancelotti, Trezeguet managed 14 goals in Serie A, despite being predominantly utilised as a substitute striker, behind Filippo Inzaghi, who started alongside Alessandro Del Piero. Juventus missed out on the 2000-01 Serie A title that season, finishing in second place behind Roma. In his second season at the club under manager Marcello Lippi, he scored 24 league goals in 34 league matches to finish as the Serie A top goalscorer, along with Dario Hübner of Piacenza, as Juventus won the 2001-02 Serie A title. That same season, he was named Serie A Footballer of the Year and Serie A Foreign Footballer of the Year, also reaching the final of the 2001-02 Coppa Italia. In his second season, he helped Juventus to defend the Serie A title, also winning the 2002 Supercoppa Italiana. In the 2003 UEFA Champions League Final, Trezeguet was one of three Juventus players to have their penalty saved by Milan keeper Dida, as Juventus lost 3–2 on penalty kicks after a 0–0 draw. This would be the closest Trezeguet ever got to winning the Champions League. During the 2003-04 season, Trezeguet helped the team to win a second consecutive Supercoppa Italiana title, scoring a goal during the match, also reaching another Coppa Italia final, although their European and domestic league campaigns would be less successful, despite his 16 goals in Serie A that season, as the club finished the league in third place. In 2004, Brazilian legend Pelé included Trezeguet in the FIFA 100, his list of the 125 greatest living footballers.
Although Trezeguet won the 2004–05 Serie A and 2005–06 Serie A titles with Juventus, scoring 23 league goals in the 2005-06 season, Juventus were caught in the 2006 Italian football scandal that rocked Italian football, and along with Milan, Fiorentina, Lazio, and Reggina — Juventus were accused of match fixing. While the players had no part in the scandal, Juventus were subsequently stripped of their 2004–05 and 2005–06 titles, relegated to Serie B, and were to start the 2006–07 season with a deficit of 30 points, eventually reduced to nine points on appeal. Following the enforced relegation to Serie B, the club lost several of its star players, including Fabio Cannavaro to Real Madrid, Gianluca Zambrotta to FC Barcelona, Adrian Mutu to Fiorentina, and Zlatan Ibrahimović to Internazionale. Trezeguet's compatriots Lilian Thuram and Patrick Vieira also left Juventus, for Barcelona and Inter, respectively. Manager Fabio Capello defected to Real Madrid and former Juventus legend and Trezeguet's former France teammate and captain, Didier Deschamps, was appointed the new manager of Juve. As one of the clubs star players, Trezeguet was heavily linked to a move away from Juventus, but he ultimately stayed with the Bianconeri to help the club return to Italy's top flight.
On 16 September 2006, before Juventus' Serie B match against Vicenza, he was awarded a commemorative plate in recognition of his 125 career goals. On 19 May 2007, Juventus achieved promotion to Serie A after a 5–1 win over Arezzo. Trezeguet scored the fifth goal which made the promotion mathematically possible. Despite the successful return to Serie A, there was not without controversy. After scoring a goal in Juventus' final match of the 2006–07 Serie B season against Spezia, Trezeguet made a gesture toward the club president, making a number 15 with his fingers – the number of goals he scored throughout the Serie B season – which was followed by a hand gesture which, in Italian, means "I'm out of here." Juventus, however, announced on 25 June 2007 that Trezeguet had renewed his contract until 2011.
During the 2007–08 Serie A season, Trezeguet scored 20 league goals and was second only to teammate and club captain Alessandro Del Piero for the Capocannoniere. Juventus finished third in the league to qualify for the UEFA Champions League after missing out on the tournament for two consecutive seasons.
In the 2008–09 season, he sustained a groin injury that kept him out for most of the season. Trezeguet finally made his return on 4 February 2009 against Napoli in the Coppa Italia and had a goal controversially disallowed. Nevertheless, he was one of the players who scored in the penalty shootout, which Juventus won 4–3. Trezeguet would shortly get his first goal of 2009 in a 2–0 win against Palermo in late February – a match where he received the captaincy for the first time in his professional career.
On 9 December 2009, Trezeguet scored his 168th goal for Juventus in a 4–1 defeat to Bayern Munich in the 2009–10 UEFA Champions League, making him the club's highest-ever foreign goalscorer, surpassing Omar Sívori's total of 167 goals. At the end of the 2009–10 season, Trezeguet ranked fourth among Juventus' all-time top goalscorers with 171 goals. In August 2010, Trezeguet was released from the remaining 12 months of his contract by Juventus.
On 30 August 2010, Trezeguet completed his move to newly promoted La Liga team Hércules CF on a two-year deal in the Spanish La Liga. On 11 September 2010, Trezeguet made his debut in a 2–0 surprise victory against defending Liga champions FC Barcelona. Also in his debut, Trezeguet received a yellow card. Eight days after since his debut, Trezeguet scored his first goal for the club, a conversion from the penalty spot in a 2–1 loss against Valencia CF. He was unable to prevent relegation for the side, however, and left the club at the start of the summer of 2011. Trezeguet made 31 league appearance and scored 12 goals, making him the club's top goalscorer for the season.
On 30 August 2011, Trezeguet completed his move to UAE Pro-League side Baniyas SC on a one-year deal. On 21 November 2011 his contract was mutually terminated due to an injury which had kept him sidelined for most of the season. Trezeguet only appeared in the opening league match and a fixture in the Etisalat Emirates Cup for Baniyas.
On 19 December 2011, Trezeguet moved to River Plate in Argentina, a club that was relegated for the first time to the Argentine second division, on a three-year contract. Trezeguet, a childhood fan of River, having grown up in Buenos Aires, spoke of it as his dream move, saying, "Being here is a unique feeling, motivated by everything that River represents." On 19 January 2012, Trezeguet scored in his first appearance for River Plate in a friendly match against Racing Club de Avellaneda.
He made his official debut on 13 February 2012. He played his first match at Estadio Monumental the following week and scored his first official goal for River Plate after coming on as a substitute. On 26 February, he scored his second official goal, again after coming on as a substitute on the second half. Trezeguet scored his first double in River Plate on 10 March against Defensa y Justicia, the first goal giving River Plate a 2–1 lead, while the second one tying the match 3–3. In the next match, he played for the first time in the starting XI and scored in the first half to maintain his excellent scoring form for River Plate.
Trezeguet would later state that the adrenaline he gets while playing for River surpasses any other moment he experienced in his career, including winning the 1998 FIFA World Cup with France and scoring the golden goal in the finals of UEFA Euro 2000: "I am feeling things that I have never felt before. Not with Juventus, nor with Monaco and not even at international level with France. Being a River fan and seeing the passion that exists in this team, all the people and all the pressure, I have more adrenaline than ever before."
In the final match of the championship against Almirante Brown on 23 June, Trezeguet secured victory by scoring both of River's goals to seal promotion back to the top flight; Trezeguet also missed a penalty during the match. Trezeguet finished his first season at River Plate with 13 goals in 18 matches, finishing sixth behind the team's top goalscorer, Fernando Cavenaghi.
On 9 September 2012, he scored his first goal in the Primera División Argentina against Newell's Old Boys on a 3–3 draw. He would later score against Estudiantes de La Plata in a 1–0 win and also against Colón de Santa Fe in a 2–1 victory.
Despite being a key piece in order for River Plate to return to the Primera División Argentina, it was decided in the month of June, by head coach and manager Ramón Díaz that he would no longer be a part of the team's squad, going hardly against the fan's opinion.
Newell's Old Boys
On 22 July 2013, Trezeguet joined Newell's Old Boys on a one-year deal. He made his debut on 18 August coming on as a substitute for Víctor Aquino in the 73rd minute, his side drew 0–0 with Belgrano de Córdoba. In his second game for the NOB he scored his first goal in the 90th minute against Atletico Rafaela, they won the game 2–0. On 1 November, Trezeguet scored his 300th career goal against Colón de Santa Fe and 11 minutes later followed up with his 301st career goal and subsequently the equaliser, drawing 2–2 on the night.
On 16 March 2014, Trezeguet was subbed on in the 78th minute for Ezequiel Ponce. In the 83rd minute he scored the second goal of the game with his side winning 2–0 against Racing Club de Avellaneda, a team which Trezeguet's former Juventus teammate Mauro Camoranesi currently plays for and was subbed on earlier in the match.
FC Pune City
On 30 July 2014, he signed for Indian Super League franchise Pune City. Trezeguet scored his first goal for the club against FC Goa, the virtue by which his franchise registered their first victory in the tournament. This was followed by his second and his last goal in ISL, which came in a defeat against Kerala Blasters FC.
Trezeguet first competed internationally in the French youth squad alongside Thierry Henry, Willy Sagnol, and William Gallas, and played in the 1997 FIFA World Youth Championship. In the lead up to the 1998 World Cup in France, Aimé Jacquet gave younger players such as David Trezeguet, Thierry Henry, and Patrick Vieira the chance to display their talent, and all three were eventually selected for the World Cup ahead of experienced French players including David Ginola. Trezeguet scored one goal in the tournament, in the 4–0 win over Saudi Arabia, as France went on to win the World Cup, defeating Brazil 3–0 in the final at the Stade de France. Two years later France were crowned European champions after defeating Italy 2–1 in the Euro 2000 final, courtesy of David Trezeguet's golden goal in extra time from a Robert Pirès assist.
Although ranked first in the world, France failed spectacularly in the 2002 World Cup, crashing out in the group stage without scoring a single goal, despite David Trezeguet, Thierry Henry and Djibril Cissé being the top goalscorers respectively in Serie A, the Premier League and Ligue 1 that season. The failure was then followed up by a quarter-final exit at Euro 2004 at the hands of unheralded Greece with Trezeguet scoring just one goal in the tournament in a 2–2 draw against Croatia. However, with the return of Zinedine Zidane from brief international retirement, France would go on to reach the final of the 2006 World Cup. Throughout the tournament, Trezeguet found himself out of place in Raymond Domenech's 4–2–3–1 formation which only used one striker – a position allocated to Thierry Henry. On 9 July 2006, Trezeguet took part in the final, coming on as a substitute. The match, against Italy, went to a penalty shootout and Trezeguet was the only player from either team to miss his penalty, his shot hitting the crossbar, as Italy won 5–3 on penalty kicks after a 1–1 draw.
On 19 October 2007, Trezeguet threatened to quit France after being overlooked for two Euro 2008 qualifying matches by coach Raymond Domenech. On 26 March 2008, Trezeguet was selected for a friendly against England to replace the injured Karim Benzema, which would turn out to be his last appearance for France as he was subsequently not chosen for the squad that competed in Euro 2008.
On 9 July 2008, he announced his retirement from international football, finishing his France career ranked third among France's all-time top goalscorers with 34 goals from 71 caps. He cited "the awful Euro 2008 and the reappointment of the coach" being the main reasons for this decision, and also added "I see football differently from how they see it in France. Euro 2008 was very negative, but what annoys me more is that Domenech is staying."
Style of play
Trezeguet was a prolific, complete, and talented striker, who was gifted with pace, power, instinct, and an eye for goal. He was excellent at taking advantage of chances in the area, and excelled in the air. He was capable of scoring with either foot, despite being naturally right footed, as well as with his head. He was also known for his positional sense, anticipation, reactions, offensive movement, and his ability to lose his markers, as well as his skill at playing with his back to goal. Regarded as one of the best strikers of all time, due to the number of goals he scored for Juventus he gained the nicknames: Cobra, Trezegol, and Re David (King David, in Italian), during his time at the club.
- As of 9 December 2014.
|France||League||Coupe de France||Europe||Total|
|Spain||League||Copa del Rey||Europe||Total|
|United Arab Emirates||League||President's Cup||Asia||Total|
|Argentina||League||Copa Argentina||South America||Total|
|2011–12||River Plate||Primera B Nacional||19||13||2||1||—||21||14|
|2013–14||Newell's Old Boys||24||7||0||0||6||2||30||9|
|2014||Pune City||Indian Super League||9||2||—||—||9||2|
|United Arab Emirates||3||0||0||0||—||3||0|
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