Football Legend: Alessandro Del Piero
Who could ever forget this amazing striker? The ease with wich he scored? About the love for the one club only? About the way, he fought for his team, on the club level and international level. We, of course, talk about Alessandro Del Piero, a true Italian football legend. He was born on November 9, 1974. He was technically very gifted and he was able to play multiple positions in the offensive. By many, he is regarded as the best player of his generation, and one of the best Italian players of all time. He won Serie A Footballer of the year award in 1998 and 2008. At this time, he is still Italian top-scorer in all competitions, with amazing 346 goals.
Del Piero started his career in 1991 for Italian Club Padova. In 1993 he moved to Juventus for which he played 19 long seasons, of wich 11 as a captain of the team. He also holds club`s record for most goals scored (290) and for most appearances (705). During his time in Juventus, he won six national titles, Coppa Italia, four Supercoppa Italiana, UEFA Champions League, UEFA Super Cup, UEFA Intertoto Cup and International Cup. He left the club in 2012, he spent two seasons in Australian Sydney FC and had retired after a season in Delhi Dynamos FC. What is amazing about Del Piero is that he scored in every single competition that he was a part of. At the international level, he played in three World Cups and four UEFA European Cups. Best result was the firs place in 2006 World Cup after a hard game against France. He is a fourth best scorer for the Italian national team with 27 scored goals, alongside legend Roberto Baggio and behind Silvio Piola with 30 goals, Guiseppe Meazza with 33 goals and Luigi Riva with 35 goals. He also has 91 appearances for the Italian national team between 1995 and 2008. In 2004 he was named in FIFA 100, a list of the best football players that ever lived, the selection was made by a true legend, one and only, Pele. He also won six awards in Italy for gentlemen conduct. That only shows that he was a great player and even better person.
He is one of the most loved football players of all time. Many other players would go out of their club for a better salary. But Del Piero was not that kind of guy. He played because he loved the game, not because he wanted to become famous and rich. It this day and age it is very hard to find that kind of player. That is why Del Piero holds a special place in every real football fan`s heart. He even stayed in the club when they were thrown down to the Second Division after the scams considering setting the games up. You would not be able to find a player today which would stay in the club after his club is throw down a league, but Del Piero stayed because he was faithful to his club.