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A majestically nostalgic XI of players who have represented both Monaco and Juventus

Monaco and Juventus have shared some of the best attackers to have played the modern game, including Thierry Henry and Christian Vieri. But was does an XI look like?

The future is bright for both Monaco and Juventus thanks to the sparkling form of two young strikers- Kylian Mbappe and Paulo Dybala.

But let’s look back to the past for a few minutes. Down the years no fewer than 11 players have turned out for both Monaco and Juventus.

Everything was cooler back in the ’90s

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Everything was cooler back in the ’90s

Is it possible to make an XI out of those players though? Well, with a slight bit of cheating, it certainly is.

Unfortunately there’s no place for Marco Di Vaio in our attack, which you’ll understand when you see it. We’ve also had to draft in Didier Deschamps, who played for Juventus and managed Moncao.

So, without further ado…

Plenty of goals at either end of the pitch…

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Plenty of goals at either end of the pitch…

Goalkeeper

Morgan De Sanctis is currently warming the bench for Monaco in the hope that no.1 Danijel Subasic picks up a knock.

The 40-year-old, who was capped six times by Italy, spent two years at Juventus between 1997 and 1999, where he was understudy to Angelo Peruzzi.

He’s played a grand total of six games for Monaco and Juventus, but gets into our side on account of being the olny goalkeeper to represent both. Bellissimo.

De Sanctis has kept some of the best benches in European football warm

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De Sanctis has kept some of the best benches in European football warm

Defenders

Our hands are tied in defence due to only two defenders having played for Monaco and Juventus, but we’re still confident in a back two of Lilian Thuram and Patrice Evra.

Evra spent four years at Monaco, playing in the 2004 Champions League final loss to Porto, before moving to Man United in 2006 where he lost another two finals.

Juventus’ 3-1 defeat to Barcelona in 2015 meant Evra earned the distinction of being the first player to lose four Champions League finals, although he won two league titles and three cups in Turin to make up for it.

Thuram, still the most capped player in the history of France’s national team, started his career at Monaco, where he was managed by a certain Arsene Wenger.

He joined Juventus in 2001, via a five-year spell at Parma, winning back-to-back Serie A titles, before ending his career with Barcelona. Now that’s a footballing CV to be proud of.

Ronaldo suffering from what was know as ‘Thuramitis’ which resulted in not touching the ball for 90 minutes

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Ronaldo suffering from what was know as ‘Thuramitis’ which resulted in not touching the ball for 90 minutes

Midfield

Didier Deschamps, who anchored Juventus’ midfield allowing Zinedine Zidane to flourish, technically shouldn’t be in this side, as he only managed Monaco rather than playing for them.

But we need him for balance and, besides, he took Monaco to a Champions League final with Sebastien Squillaci in defence, so he deserves it.

Deschamps’ partners in midfield are Sergio Almiron, who played 21 league games for Monaco and Juventus, and Vladimir Jugovic, who won a Champions League with Juventus and League Cup with Monaco.

Just ahead of them is Portuguese schemer Ruis Barros, who turned down the chance to inherit Michel Platini’s no.10 shirt at Juventus when he joined from Porto in 1988 before moving to Monaco in 1990.

Deschamps doing what he does best

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Deschamps doing what he does best

Attack

A four-pronged attack consisting of players to have represented Wigan, New York Red Bulls, Pisa and Pune City? Sure, why not?

Let’s start on the right, where Olivier Kapo takes his place having spent three years at Juventus and a season-long loan at Monaco, before venturing to Birmingham, Wigan and Al-Ahly.

On the left is Thierry Henry. Oh, you didn’t know he started his career as a left winger? Of course you did. But did you know he wore the number six?

That lad’s going to be a great striker one day

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That lad’s going to be a great striker one day

Henry won Ligue 1 in 1997 with Monaco alongside our striker David Trezeguet, who left Monaco to join Juventus in 2000, winning copious amounts of trophies and the 2002 Serie A golden boot.

The last striking slot is filled by Christian Vieri, a man who would have been playing cricket if he’d had it his own way.

Instead Vieri had to make do with breaking the world transfer record, when Inter paid Lazio £32million for him in 1999, and playing for some of football’s biggest clubs.

Fans of Juventus and Monaco never really saw the best of the big number nine though, with Vieri spending just one season at both, scoring nine goals in total.

The greatest batter cricket never had

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The greatest batter cricket never had