'Next Stop: India.' Del Piero to join Delhi Dynamos
Legendary Juventus and Italy striker Alessandro Del Piero has today officially announced that he will be playing in this year’s Hero Indian Super League. The 39-year-old confirmed that he was joining Delhi Dynamos FC via Twitter and his personal website.
Del Piero made 513 appearances for Italian giants Juventus, spread across three decades. He had a decorated career with the Turin-based club, winning the Serie A six times along with one Coppa Italia triumph and one UEFA Champions League title. He was also a member of Italy’s victorious squad at the 2006 FIFA World Cup, scoring in the penalty shootout in the final. In all, he scored 208 goals at Juventus and 27 in 91 appearances for his country.
The ISL is not Del Piero’s first experience of playing abroad, as he played for two seasons for Australian A-League side Sydney FC after leaving Juventus in 2012. On his website, the Italian spoke of playing in India as an exciting adventure, calling himself a “traveller on the roads of football”.
Del Piero will also serve as an ambassador for the ISL, an opportunity he relishes. “I will have the honour and responsibility of promoting the image of football in the country”, the Italian said on his website. He has often spoken about his desire to promote football across the world, which was a motivation for his move to Australia when he could have joined more illustrious clubs in Europe. This same desire is behind his decision to come to India. Del Piero is looking forward to “the chance to represent in the world this wonderful sport, that has become a fundamental part of my life since the day I was born”.
The striker signed off with a few simple words which will have sent the pulses of football fans racing across India: “Next stop: India. I’m on my way. See you soon in New Delhi.”