Former Juventus and Italian international Mauro Camoranesi spoke exclusively to Juventus.com on his time wearing the Bianconeri shirt.
Recently, Camoranesi took part in a charity match against Real Madrid, and had this to say about the occasion, “It was amazing. I’m thankful to Juventus because a game like that made us feel like footballers again, even though we know we’re not anymore. The whole thing was brilliant. Going to the hotel, travelling by bus all together, arriving at the stadium and then the reception the crowd gave us, acknowledging us as important players for the club. For me personally it was a very special moment indeed.”
“Playing for Juventus was the best experience in my footballing life,” the Juve legend admitted. “It was my longest stint at any club as well as the most successful and exciting. As I’ve always said, it was the core of my career as a football player, the most important period.”
He then took a moment to speak about his inclusion in the top 50 all-time top Juventus players, voted in by the fans, “That means so much to me. I’m really touched. I’ve always said that. Hundreds of players have turned out for Juventus, all playing at the highest level, and to have been chosen as one of the top 50… and especially to have been chosen by the fans, is the best recognition I could ever have had. I’m very honoured and proud and it means I must have been doing something right during those eight years.”
The 2006 World Cup champion went on to talk about Juventus head coach Antonio Conte, who he also played alongside in his time in Turin, “He was a fantastic team-mate who showed everyone a lot of respect. He was the type of player who would grab the team by the scruff of the neck and carry it forward, and he does the same thing as a coach today: he drives everyone on. His passion is infectious, as is his desire. He’s a leader. He was a leader as a player and continues to be a leader as a coach.”
He then went on: “Those of us who are part of the ‘new generation’ have a different way of thinking and interpreting football. I like Conte’s mentality, just as I like Montella’s and Prandelli’s – they’re all part of a different generation from the coaches I had.”