Will Alex come to America?
According to the Milan sports daily, La Gazzetta dello Sport, Del Piero is weighing an offer.
"Ale Del Piero ci sta pensando seriamente: trasferirsi a New York a fine stagione. Al capitano della Juventus è giunta un' allettante offerta dai Red Bulls di New York e lui sta riflettendo sul da farsi e tra non molto darà una risposta. E' vero, Ale ha un altro anno di contratto con la società di cui è ormai la bandiera indiscussa. Ma i cambiamenti in corso e le lusinghe dell' ambiziosa franchigia del New York potrebbero indurlo ad accelerare i tempi di un progetto che il fuoriclasse di San Vendemiano aveva già messo nel conto per la stagione 2011-12. Ne aveva già parlato in famiglia, prendendo in considerazione tutte le problematiche legate al trasloco dei bambini."
Source: La Gazzetta dello Sport, April 19, 2010.
"Alessandro Del Piero is seriously thinking to transfer to New York at the end of the season. The Juventus captain has received an alluring offer from the New York Red Bulls and he is reflecting what to do and will shortly give a decision...He Loves the NBA and Speaks English
It is true. Del Piero has another year left on his contract with the club where he is the undisputed flag bearer. But the upcoming changes and flattering offer from the ambitious New York franchise could force him to accelerate the time for a project that the superstar from San Vendemiano had already put into place for the 2011-12 season. He has already discussed the matter with his family. Taking into consideration all of the problems tied to relocating his children."
Italian to English translation by Steve Amoia of World Football Commentaries.
He speaks very good English and is a huge NBA fan. He is also good friends with Steve Nash. When I saw the NY x Juve friendly announced yesterday, I thought something else was in the works. Del Piero has one year left on his current contract. After a very disappointing season for Juventus, and seemingly out of Marcello Lippi's plans, il Capitano may be lured to a new challenge. He has been rumored to go into the Juventus front office when his career ends. John Elkann, a native New Yorker, runs Juventus FC.
Here is an English language link from The Guardian:
Career Highlights for Del Piero
- 628 appearances for Juventus since 1993 which is the absolute record.
- 270 goals in all competitions for Juventus which is the absolute record.
- 91 caps with 27 goals for Italy. (Fourth best goal scoring record in Italian history.)
- World Cup champion in 2006.
- Euro 2000 runner-up.
- Serie B leading goal-scorer in 2006/07.
- Serie A leading goal-scorer in 2007/08. (He became the only player in Italian calcio history to lead both the Serie B and Serie A in goal scoring for consecutive seasons.)
- Champions League leading goal scorer in 1997/98.
- Only the second Italian (Paolo Maldini is the other) to feature at 7 international competitions (Euro 96, 2000, 2004 and 2008: World Cup 1998, 2002 and 2006.)