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Sunday, March 23, 2008

Alessandro Del Piero Ties Juventus Appearance Record


Image courtesy of Paul Blank
of www.postproduktie.nl.

Last night in Milan against Internazionale, Alex Del Piero, the captain, symbol, and legend of Juventus FC, set another record in his illustrious career.

He played in his 552nd game for Juventus, which tied the record set by the legendary Gaetano Scirea. With 231 goals, Alex is the all-time goal scorer for La Vecchia Signora.

Some players wear the captain's armband for 90 minutes. Others, such as Scirea and Del Piero, wear it for a lifetime.

In His Own Words

552 partite, con la stessa maglia. Sono arrivato in cima, nella storia della Juventus con Gaetano Scirea. Ecco cosa intendo quando dico che conta il "come". Come Gaetano Scirea. A volte mi chiedo come mi vedono i ragazzi, i bambini. E penso che vorrei mi vedessero come io vedevo lui. Parlo dell' uomo, non solo dello straordinario giocatore. Perché questo, per me, vuol dire entrare nel cuore della gente, lasciare qualcosa che vada oltre i numeri.

"552 games with the same shirt. I have arrived at the summit in the history of Juventus with Gaetano Scirea. Here is what I intend to say how getting there counts. Like Gaetano Scirea. Many times I ask myself how young children see me. And I think that I would like to be seen as I used to see him. I speak of the man, not only the extraordinary player. Because this means to enter into the heart of people, to leave something that goes beyond numbers."

Source: Alessandrodelpiero.com

Marcello Lippi on Alex

"Del Piero is a champion with extraordinary technical ability and wonderful characteristics. When he is selected he never disappoints. He is an example to us all."

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