2. That winner in the Intercontinental Cup
The year was 1996. FIFA Club World Cup was not a thing back then, but the Intercontinental Cup would provide the football enthusiasts with a mouthwatering clash between the best team of Europe and that of South America every year.
In the 1996 edition, Juventus took part in the Intercontinental Cup for the second time. They were the one-time champions of the prestigious accolade, winning the silverware at the first attempt in 1985. They beat Argentinos Juniors on that occasion.
In 1996, the opponents were indeed Argentinian but not the same team. This time, the Old Lady was up against a formidable River Plate side starring Marcelo Salas, Julio Cruz, and Ariel Ortega. The match was played on a windy night in Tokyo.
It was seemingly bound to finish 0-0. But then Del Piero appeared on the stage with his magic, curling the ball into the net with a right-footed inswinger in the 81st-minute of regulated time.
Not only did he break the deadlock, but the world-renowned trequartista also made Juventus the best team on the planet.