After seventeen years in Bianconeri colours, Alessandro Del Piero made history this past week by moving to 178 league goals for Juve, putting him level with the great Giampiero Boniperti at the top of the club's Serie A all-time top goalscorers list. From his first goal against Reggiana back in 1993 to his latest strike against Lecce last weekend, he can only be described as nothing short of a footballing legend.
Signed from Padova in 1993 at the age of 19, few would have predicted that the boy from Veneto would turn out to be one the greatest footballers to have played the game. A World-Cup winner in 2006, a seven-time Scudetto winner, a Champions League winner in 1995/96 amongst several other European titles, Ale has won it all.
Despite approaching the grand old age of 36, the evergreen Del Piero continues to defy his critics with his traditionally inspiring performances on the pitch and has well and truly cemented his place amongst Serie A’s greatest. Having become a symbol of Juventus FC, Del Piero has shown loyalty over the years to a club that he so clearly loves.
Having enjoyed the peak of his illustrious career in the late 90s, Ale also had a glittering career with the Azzurri, finding the net on 27 occasions. It is argued that Del Piero would of gone on to become even better had he not suffered a serious knee injury in the 98/99 season, which saw him fail to really recover to his previous best. I had, what can only be described as the privilege, of witnessing two of Ale’s greatest strikes both against Lazio on a freezing cold winter night back in 2007, and also be present at arguably his greatest moment – when scoring against Germany in the semi-final of the World Cup in 2006.
Professional both on-and-off the pitch, committed, dedicated and loyal, and despite having the odd off-game, Bianconeri tifosi know that Ale would put his neck on the line to see La Vecchia Signora succeed. Just like the great Paolo Maldini and others before him at Milan, to spend almost an entire career at one club and enjoy the success he has experienced, will ensure that Alessandro Del Piero lives long in the memory of Juve fans around the world. Here's to wishing him the best of luck with moving clear at the top of the list next weekend with a goal against Bologna. Forza Il Pinturicchio e Juventus!
Take a look at some of Ale’s greatest goals for Juve...
Alex needs no introduction thanks to his illustrious career with Juve. To be a club legend ahead of the likes of Platini, Baggio, Zidane, Zoff, Vialli, Scirea, and many more is not easy. We (this generation) of Juve fans are very lucky to watch him live in action. forza ALE, forza JUVE...
Posted by JTex13 on 10/20/2010
i can only think of when in fact he will decide to call his career over. seeing that video made me think of all the videos featuring Nedved. i just hope Del Piero stays for at least a couple more years. Forza La Furia Ceka, Forza Il Pinturicchio, Forza Juve!
Posted by bajara (capi) on 10/24/2010
i have been watching him score winning goals in important games over and over again.. is not about setting the scoring record... as a juventus fan and soccer admirer.. this guy is a legend..i hope new kids can copy from him.. cmon del..
Posted by Anonymous on 10/31/2010
i grew up idolizing Del Piero, without a doubt this man is world class in all respects. Its a bit sad to see his career coming to a close, but he will forever be remembered by all die hard Juve fans. Forza Bianconeri Forza Ale Del Piero!!!!!
Posted by Joop on 10/31/2010
For all these many years you have amazed and given us, the fans of Juve and yourself, Viva il Re! Thank you for your wonderful career. Stay well and continue to amaze us! Buona Fortuna Ale!
Posted by dave on 11/01/2010
left foot or right foot..magnificient!!! The Great one...forever
Posted by Tobesky333 on 11/07/2010
Pinturrichio is the best footballer in the world..He is juventus greatest ever....
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