Del Piero moves Down Under.
Sydney FC Chairman Scott Barlow today confirmed that Sydney FC has completed the signing of Italian football legend Alessandro Del Piero.
The World Cup, UEFA Champions League and Serie A winner put pen to paper today on a two year contract in Turin sealing the biggest signing in Australian football history.
“This signing is a major coup for Sydney FC and marks a historic day for football in this country,” Mr Barlow said. “This is for all Australian football fans”.
“Alessandro Del Piero is a global icon of the game and we are honoured he has chosen Sydney FC, ahead of many other options, as the club where he will begin the next chapter of his illustrious football career.”
Del Piero was delighted to be joining Sydney FC and excited to begin a new chapter of his illustrious football career, in Sydney.
“I am extremely happy to be joining Sydney FC,” Del Piero said before facing the Italian press in Turin
“This is a very big moment for me because I want to continue my career in a new part of the world where I can make a major contribution and help grow the game I love. The most important thing for me has always been the football and I want to help Sydney FC be successful.
“This is an exciting journey for me and I look forward to joining my new team mates in Sydney shortly.”
SOURCE: Sydney FC Official Website
Sydney FC have secured the signing of Italian legend Alessandro Del Piero, despite reports Liverpool had made a late attempt to hijack the deal.
And who can blame the 37-year-old for choosing the Sky Blues? With Autumn rapidly approaching Merseyside, Del Piero faced the choice of either sunning himself on Bondi beach or facing a series of wet weekends on the bench at Anfield, plus a series of arduous away trips to Eastern Europe on a Thursday night.
The Italian spent 19 years at Juventus, winning pretty much everything possible along the way, and capping it all off with an historic unbeaten season as the Old Lady claimed another Serie A title. You can forgive the forward for wanting a bit of relaxation.
That said, judging by the reaction to the signing on twitter and the comments made by Sydney chairman Scott Barlow, there is a certain amount of pressure on Del Piero’s shoulders to perform and he will certainly have to bring more to the A-League than Harry Kewell, who was something of a flop at Melbourne.
Just as David Beckham’s presence at LA Galaxy has helped lure other European stars like Robbie Keane and Thierry Henry to the States, Del Piero will now unwittingly find himself as a figurehead and ambassador for the sport in Australia and he must do his very best to make an impression.
The Italian has not come cheap either, with reports suggestion Sydney have forked out over 4 million Aussie dollars (£2.5m) to land him for 2 years.
If Liverpool’s interest was indeed genuine, then the move strikes as a desperate one from the Merseysiders, particularly when Del Piero has been a free-agent since May.
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