Fabio Cannavaro Coming Back to Juventus? Thanks, But No Thanks

Danny PenzaSenior Writer IApril 21, 2009

"We miss this ... not Cannavaro."

This refers to the Scudetto and Italian glory, which is the caption on a picture in Facebook's largest Juventus group regarding the Old Lady's former and current Real Madrid defender Fabio Cannavaro.

It's been a hectic 48 hours since rumors of the man who bolted Turin after the Calciopolli scandal and moved to Madrid possibly returning to Juventus.

Would he help Juve's less-than impressive defense?

He might, but when it comes to this kind of move, there is so much more that has to be factored in.

To begin with, he's going to be 36-years old when the beginning of next season rolls around. Since his move to Real, he has been anything but impressive and the same goes for his performances with the Italian national team.

He's clearly not the same player that led Italy to the World Cup in 2006 and even a return to Italy, where the mindset is more on defense than anything else, would expose him.

If he's not good enough to even draw any kind of interest from his hometown club Napoli, why would he be considered good enough for the club he left three years ago?

The biggest issue, especially with the Juve faithful, is exactly that — the man's loyalty.

Cannavaro, along with Zlatan Ibrahimovic, was the biggest star to defect from the Old Lady and not stick out the yearlong battle in Serie B. Gianluigi Buffon, Alessandro Del Piero, Pavel Nedved, Mauro Camoranesi, and David Trezeguet did it. Cannavaro did not.

One week he said he would stay with the club, and the next day he was off in Spain donning his newly printed No. 5 Real Madrid jersey.

Nedved, who has won everything there is to win in the game except for the Champions League and is the same age as Cannavaro, stuck it out in Serie B knowing that it would take at least two years to get back the Europe's premier club competition.

If they weren't respected enough, the players who stuck with Juve during their darkest days in Italy's second division are now put on even a higher pedestal. The likes of Buffon or Del Piero are some of the most loyal players in the game, even before staying with Juve in Serie B, and the fans love them the most.

There is no price tag you can put on loyalty and when it comes to staying with a club through the tough times that means almost as much as bringing in trophies.

However, Cannavaro was not one of those who bolted and because of that, the majority now calls him a traitor whenever they talk about Italy's captain.

They have every right to do so based on what Cannavaro did three years ago.

The Juve management has a lot of needs to address if they want to contend for the Scudetto with rivals Inter Milan, but bringing in a one-year solution is something that doesn't make sense.

Then what? Another summer transfer window wondering what is going to happen and who is going to be brought in to solve the problems in defense?

A one-year deal would only be a measure to attempt to solve the defensive woes on a short-term basis and could very well prevent 20-year-old Primavera standout Lorenzo Ariaudo from getting any first team action.

We've seen what has happened with Claudio Ranieri not playing Sebastian Giovinco on a regular basis, so why would it be any different with the next talented youngster the Juve youth academy produces?

But this is the Juve management we have grown to know over the past three years since their demotion.

"Why don't they re-sign Zinedine Zidane as well?" Juventus legend Jose Altafini said. "They need a central midfield! I don't see how Cannavaro alone can resolve Juventus' defensive problems. Age counts more in defense than in any other position and Juventus' backline is already slow."

Sums it up perfectly doesn't it?


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