David Trezeguet (1977)
David Sergio Trezeguet (15 October 1977) Argentinian Frenchman who shot France with a 'not bad' left volley and also a golden goal to the European Championship title in 2000.
Trezeguet made a name for himself at AS Monaco, after which he played for Juventus from 2000 to 2010. He then played in Spain, Abu Dhabi, Argentina and India.
The attacker played 71 caps and became world champion with his country in 1998. Two years later, as a substitute in the European Championship final in Rotterdam against Italy, he made the 'golden goal': 2-1.
Trezeguet is the son of Argentinian parents. Not long after his birth, his family returned to Argentina, where Trezeguet would grow up. Here he plays for two seasons at Club Atlético Platense. In July 1995 Trezeguet arrives in Monaco for the first time, where AS Monaco football club becomes its employer. He would come here to play with Thierry Henry. Both players started in the second team and had to earn their place in the first.
Trezeguet made his debut in the first team against Paris Saint-Germain. He is allowed to fill in more and more often and the 1996/1997 season is considered his breakthrough. Trezeguet scored 18 goals in 27 games and also scored four goals in a European context.
In 2000 the European Championship 2000 took place in the Netherlands and Belgium. Trezeguet has not been able to enforce a base place in the team in qualifying and preparation, but he is allowed to substitute regularly and in the qualifying match against Iceland he scores the third French goal. At the European Championship 2000, France is in a group with the Netherlands, the Czech Republic and Denmark and Trezeguet manages to score once. Both the Netherlands and France qualify for the quarterfinals. France reaches the final and plays against Italy.
In the final it seemed to end in a penalty shootout. Italy seemed to win for a long time after Marco Delvecchio opened the scoring in the second half. In the 90th minute, however, Sylvain Wiltord scored the tying run. Extra time was played and the golden goal didn't seem to fall. Until well into injury time Robert Pires receives the ball, indicates the ball towards Trezeguet, who then hits the winning goal against the ropes.
France is European champion in Rotterdam and Trezeguet is the match winner. Instantly, the bench seater transforms into a national folk hero and an image of Trezeguet hangs for some time on the Arc de Triomph in Paris.
Following the example of Samuel Eto'o, David Trezeguet also opted for the big money. The Frenchman joined Bani Yas in the United Arab Emirates in 2011 for an alleged annual salary of 1.7 million euros. The then 33-year-old Trezeguet was allowed to leave the Spanish Hercules Alicante, after the club was relegated to the Segunda Division last season.
The 34-year-old French attacker had his contract in the United Arab Emirates canceled after four months due to a lack of future prospects. Then David played for River Plate (35 games, 20 goals), Newell's Old Boys (24 games and 7 goals) and he even left for a very last adventure in India at Pune City (9 games, 2 goals).
Goal scoring machine David Trezeguet puts a football point behind his playing career in 2015. The 37-year-old Frenchman ignored an offer to play football at Real Mallorca. He was included in the coaching staff of his former club Juventus.
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