10 Greatest Alessandro Del Piero Moments at Juventus
One of Juve's greatest ever players, an icon for Italian football who will never be forgotten by the Bianconeri faithful that idolized him for 19 years, embarks on a new adventure in Australia.
Del Piero will be sadly missed by fans of Serie A and European football as a whole. The free-kicks, slalom runs, tight control and passes that nobody else on the pitch could see combined to be one of the greatest players to have played the beautiful game from the last 20 years.
Here are 10 moments that will be in the hearts of his fans forever.
First Goal at the Juventus Arena vs. Roma
It was a long time coming, but Del Piero's first goal at the Juventus Arena was worth the wait.
Captain for the night, Del Piero stunned Roma in the Coppa Italia with an inspirational performance, leading the Bianconeri to a 3-0 victory.
The crowd erupted with joy after Del Piero broke his duck at Juve's new home, having waited five months, by smashing the ball into the top corner of the goal from outside of the penalty area.
Champions League Hat-Trick, Including Trademark Free Kick vs. Monaco
Del Piero was always able to shine in Europe's premier football tournament, repeatedly delivering for his adoring fans on Champions League nights.
In a run that took them to the final in 1997, Del Piero's hat-trick against Monaco in the semi-finals was crucial, including one of his specialties, a free kick.
It was a technique we were able to see repeatedly throughout his Juventus career to the despair of his opponents.
Sublime Assist for Trezeguet's Goal to Seal the Scudetto
Del Piero was one half of one of the most devastating partnerships to ever grace Serie A with the French striker David Trezeguet.
In 2005 Juventus travelled to the San Siro to tackle AC Milan in a duel that would decide the outcome of the championship.
Del Piero was able to provide one of the most outrageous assists we have seen in order to secure a 1-0 victory and send the title to Turin.
Brace Against Sampdoria to Secure the Capocannoniere
Del Piero has won many trophies as part of a team with Juventus, but it was a personal moment that will be remembered as one of his greatest moments as a Bianconero.
Juve only managed to finish third in the table, but in the last match, away to Sampdoria, Del Piero scored a brace in a 3-3 draw that earned him the Capocannoniere trophy for the first time in his career.
Del Piero Inspires Amazing Comeback vs. Fiorentina
Del Piero, like on many occasions, was the protagonist in one of the most special football matches that Serie A has ever produced in 1994.
Fiorentina led Juventus 2-0, before Del Piero conjured up some magic, inspiring the Bianconeri to an unlikely 3-2 victory.
Scoring with the most outrageous finish with the outside of his right boot, as the ball dropped over his shoulder, firing the ball into the top corner of the net.
It is incredible to imagine that this all took place 18 years ago, but this is no ordinary football player.
Del Piero Conquers Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu
Del Piero delivered one of Juve's greatest nights in the Champions League when he scored a sensational goal in the Bianconeri's 2-0 victory over Los Merengues.
The opening goal was triggered by a blistering counter-attack, led by Del Piero, who decided to take aim at goal due to the Real Madrid defenders' inability to close him down, firing low into the bottom corner.
The second was another masterpiece, bending a sublime free kick over the wall into the bottom left corner to send the travelling Juventini into a frenzy.
Del Piero's Outragerous Back-Heel in the Champions League Final
Del Piero proved himself to be a big-game player when he scored in the 1997 Champions League final against Borussia Dortmund.
The audacity to even attempt such a difficult technique on the biggest stage showed us why Del Piero is to be considered one of the greatest of the modern era.
Del Piero's Goals in Serie B
There might not be one that stands out in particular, but Del Piero's performances in the 2006/07 season will be remembered by Juventini forever.
In the aftermath of Calciopoli, following relegation to Serie B, the majority of Juve's formidable squad from the previous season refused to help the club return to Serie A and waste a season of their careers in the second tier of Italian football.
In an act of true loyalty, Del Piero not only stayed, but delivered the goals to fire the Bianconeri back to Serie A at the first time of asking.
Goal as a Substitute vs. Bari
In 2001 Del Piero was not enjoying the 2000/01 season, scoring nine goals in 33 matches, when the tragic news of his father's death was broken to the Azzurri international.
Carlo Ancelotti decided that Del Piero should start the match against Bari on the bench, but with the game delicately poised at 0-0, Del Piero was sent on to make an impact.
He proved his worth by drifting down the left side, dodging several tackles from the Galletti and chipping the ball over the goalkeeper and wheeling away in jubilation.
Last Goal vs. Atalanta as Juventus Lift the Scudetto
It was the final match of the season and Juventus had already reclaimed their first Scudetto in nine years, yet there were tears of sadness shed by the 41,000 in attendance.
Alessandro Del Piero waved goodbye to the fans after Juve had decided not to renew the player's contract and it was fitting that the Bianconeri legend signed off with a goal.
The goal was nothing extraordinary but the celebrations that followed were something truly memorable.
The crowd goaded Del Piero to partake in a lap of honour after sitting down on the bench, having been substituted and the legend gratefully accepted the invitation, milking the applause for almost 10 minutes while the match continued to play without anybody taking any notice.
A truly special way to end a glittering career.
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