Played for both: Seven stars at Juventus and Monaco
There’s less than 150 miles between Turin and Monaco, so Juventus and their Champions League quarter-final opponents from the Principality have had plenty of longer trips in Europe.
In modern times, there have been some massive names, mainly French footballers, who have played for both these teams. Italian champions Juve, who are set to scoop a fourth straight Serie A title, are odds-on favourites with Coral both to win the first leg (2/5) and qualify from this tie for the semis (1/4).
Leonardo Jardim’s Monaco, meanwhile, defied the odds as outsiders against Arsenal in the previous round, and are 11/4 to make the final four in Europe’s elite club competition. Before that, enjoy this trip down memory lane our football experts have put together. Who played for both?
France’s most-capped player kicks off our magnificent seven to have turned out at Monaco and Juventus. Thuram’s haul of 142 international appearances means only Germany’s legendary midfielder-turn-sweeper Lothar Matthaus is the only defender in European football history to have played for his country.
Adept at right back and later centre half, Guadeloupe-born Thuram moved to France in 1981 and a decade later a coached called Arsene Wenger handed him his Monaco debut. Purchased by Parma in 1996, he won the Coppa Italia and UEFA Cup during five successful seasons there.
Catching the Old Lady’s eye, they paid £25m to take Thuram to Turin in 2001 and there he tasted two Scudetto triumphs. When Juve were relegated for match fixing, he ended his club career at Barcelona.
One of the best left-footers Italy have ever produced. Aerial threat Vieri was something of a journeyman, but netted 14 goals in his only campaign with Juventus (1996/97) winning Serie A. He later endured an injury-hit six months at Monaco in 2006, though still managed five in 11 outings.
Like Thuram above, we’re talking about a World Cup winner on home soil in 1998, but Trezeguet is also someone who helped France follow that up by scoring the golden goal in the Euro 2000 final triumph against Italy.
Check out Trezeguet’s best goals and tricks in this compilation:
With another Les Bleus icon mentioned below, he formed a potent partnership up front for club and country. Rouen-born Trezeguet spent much of his childhood in Argentina, but returned to France with Monaco in 1995, winning two Ligue 1 titles in five years there.
Juve figured if the Azzurri couldn’t beat France’s best footballers, then why not sign them? Trezeguet became testimonial material, joining Thuram in Turin in 2000, by spending a decade there, staying throughout the dark days of relegation and firing the Old Lady back into Serie A.
Yugoslavia winger Jugovic scooped the Champions League (1995/96), netting the winning penalty against Ajax, and Scudetto (1996/97) in his two terms with Juventus. One of many talents to come off Red Star Belgrade’s production line, his route in Serie A came at Sampdoria in 1992.
Following stints at Lazio, Atletico Madrid and Inter Milan, Jugovic joined Monaco in 2001, and helped them to the French league cup in 2003.
Arsenal legend and Sky Sports pundit Henry may have been Highbury’s hero as the great goals above illustarte, but his spell at the Old Lady in 1999 was far from impressive. Turin titans Juve saw him flop on the flank with just three goals in 19 games, but Monaco fans may have fonder memories.
Henry won Ligue 1 in 1996/97 in the Principality, but Wenger’s clever conversion of him from winger to Gunners sharpshooter saw him go on to become Les Bleus’ record scorer, and win honours aplenty in north London and Barcelona.
Diminutive Portugal number 10 Barros is currently assistant boss at another of the Champions League quarter-finalists Porto, and his exploits for the Dragons are undoubtedly what he is most famous for.
In 1988, however, he left home soil for the Old Lady, winning a Coppa Italia and UEFA Cup double in his second season in Turin. Following those triumphs in 1990, Barros was brought to Monaco by Wenger and he added the Coupe de France to his honours in his maiden campaign.
We started with a great French full back, so it’s only fitting that we end with one. Ex-Manchester United man Evra failed to make the grade at PSG, but rocked up at Monaco in 2002 via spells at Marsala, Monza and Nice.
Alongside Jugovic, he brought the French league cup back to the Principality, and a Champions League final appearance in 2004 alerted Old Trafford to his potential. Evra moved to United in January 2006 where in eight-and-a-half seasons he won nine major honours.
Last summer he moved on to Juventus, and has established himself as first-choice left back despite being 33. Massimiliano Allegri rested Evra at the weekend for this meeting with his former club in mind, and odds of 12/1 say he can come back to haunt Monaco by scoring here.