Del Piero is synonymous with Juventus and is one of their greatest ever players. It was only right that when he left the Turin side in 2012 that he would move onto to a club far away from Juventus so that he would be unlikely to have to face them.
It has now however been announced that in August there will be a special match between a select Australian A-League team and Juventus to be played at the ANZ stadium in Sydney. It has been suggested that this could be Del Piero's last ever match before retirement as he has yet to commit to another season with Sydney FC.
The 39-year-old spent 19 years at Juventus, captaining them for 11 seasons, scoring a record 290 goals from 705 matches and it will be an emotional occasion for the eight-time Serie A winner. Del Piero is considered one of the best ever players to grace the Italian game and only Javier Zanetti and Francesco Totti have played more games in Serie A.
He won the World Cup with Italy in 2006 after scoring in the semi final win over Germany and also netting a penalty in the shootout with France in the final. He was dedicated to Juventus and stuck with them despite their demotion to Serie B in 2006 whilst many others jumped ship. He won the Serie B top goalscorer award that season as they won promotion and then also finished as top goalscorer the following season in Serie A. He became only the second Italian ever to win consecutive Capocannoniere (top goalscorer) titles in two different leagues — former Juventus and 1982 World Cup hero Paolo Rossi being the other.
"This match will be a fantastic opportunity for fans to see the best of the Hyundai A-League line-up against some of the world's best international footballers in our own backyard."
You can expect a fair few Juventus fans to make the long trip over to Australia just to see Del Piero in action for possibly the last time. He will always be a legend for the Old Lady, and I'm sure it will be a strange and emotional time for Del Piero himself.
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