The Italian Almanac

Alex Del Piero

Foreign Team Wanted

Alessandro Del Piero ruled out playing for another team in Italy after Juventus let him go following 19 years with them. "I'll certainly play soccer next year," the 37-year-old former Italy forward, who is Juve's all-time top scorer with 290 goals, told a press conference.

"I thank everyone in Italy who has asked (about signing me) more than once. I thanked them, but obviously my future cannot be in Italy with another team. It's part of my principles. I'll certainly have an experience abroad".

During his time with the Turin side, Del Piero helped them to win six Serie A titles, an Italian Cup, a Champions League crown and an Intercontinental Cup and to return to the top flight after they were relegated in 2006 for involvement in the Calciopoli match-fixing scandal.