Confirmed - Del Piero deal done

Wednesday, 5 September 2012 9:46 PM

Confirmed - Del Piero deal done

Italy legend Alessandro Del Piero has officially signed with Sydney FC in a two-year deal that will make him the highest-paid footballer in Australian football history.

The former Juventus great put paid to days of feverish speculation when he agreed to play in the Hyundai A-League, on a two-year contract, with an option for a third, worth a reported $2 million a year.

“This signing is a major coup for Sydney FC and marks a historic day for football in this country,” Sydney FC chairman Scott Barlow said. “This is for all Australian football fans”.

“Alessandro Del Piero is a global icon of the game and we are honoured he has chosen Sydney FC, ahead of many other options, as the club where he will begin the next chapter of his illustrious football career."

Del Piero said he was excited to begin a new chapter of his illustrious football career in Sydney.

“I am extremely happy to be joining Sydney FC,” Del Piero said before facing the Italian press in Turin

“This is a very big moment for me because I want to continue my career in a new part of the world where I can make a major contribution and help grow the game I love. The most important thing for me has always been the football and I want to help Sydney FC be successful.

“This is an exciting journey for me and I look forward to joining my new teammates in Sydney shortly.”

Del Piero, a World Cup and Champions League winner, is by far the biggest signing to grace the competition, and the deal is expected to give Sydney FC's membership a massive boost ahead of the 2012/13 season.

The signing represents an unprecedented coup for Sydney FC, the Hyundai A-League and Australian football.

Del Piero reportedly turned down offers from the likes of Liverpool and Celtic, and the chance to play in the UEFA Champions League, to take up the offer of creating a legacy for the game in this country.

The signing could also have a positive effect for the league as a whole. with FFA CEO Ben Buckley currently in negotiations for a new TV deal. Sky Italia is also reportedly interested in showing Sydney FC games in Italy.

There is also plenty of potential for Del Piero in Asia, with the Italian having a staff in Japan and offering huge opportunities for both club and player.

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Comments (34)
Grandissimo Capitano, leggenda del calcio italiano e mondiale, unico ad averci trasmesso per 19 anni infinite emozioni, stupisci anche loro.....
giorgio  |  
6 Sep 2012 08:23 PM
que maravilla, mucha suerte en tu nuevo camino campion. de los afecionados sudamericanos. ciao de argentina!
jorge  |  
6 Sep 2012 01:18 PM
He doesn't come to Melbourne until January 26th?! Sydney play both Melbourne teams at home in 2012. Joke! Change it!!
Dylan Thomas  |  
6 Sep 2012 10:43 AM
Ciao Alex, auguri per questa nuova avventura. Grazie per tutte le emozioni che ci hai fatto vivere. Invidio i nuovi fans di Sidney che godrannno delle tue giocate. Good luck, Captain!
paolo  |  
6 Sep 2012 08:51 AM
Alex in Australia, the legend still alive :-)
Antonio  |  
6 Sep 2012 08:37 AM
vai capiotano fai vedere cosa vali anke in australia w juve and now w sidney
lorenzo  |  
6 Sep 2012 07:36 AM
grande capitano!!! miglior numero 10 non potevate comprare....un esempio!! da oggi, noi juventini tiferemo juventus e sydney fc!!!
paolo hustic  |  
6 Sep 2012 07:32 AM
la leggenda del Calcio Italiano, Vi ha scelto,siatene fieri,orgogliosi di averlo nella vostra stupenda Australia,per noi della Juve ,è una perdita incolmabile,ancora oggi non comprendiamo la scelta della nostra Società,ne prendiamo atto, Voi non potete immaginare il vuoto che ci lascia ALEX ma in cuor nostro siAMO CONSAPEVOLI E SICURI CHE UN GIORNO TORNERà MAGARI DA DIRIGENTE.VIVA IL CALCIO,VIVA ALEX,VIVA L'AUSTRALIA. UN ITALIANO TIFOSO JUVENTINO
GAVIT51  |  
6 Sep 2012 07:20 AM
This is huge for the A-League. It will be announced all around the word, and that could mean that the A-League could attract bigger players to be marquees, like Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi.
Rowan  |  
6 Sep 2012 06:19 AM
Mio cuore ancora sanguina per la perdita del nostro capitano !! Sono felice che sia andato in Australia per continuare la sua meravigliosa carriera. Da oggi il Sydney Fc ha acquistato un nuovo tifoso in Italia. C'mon Sydney Fc now win the A-League, A.Del Piero knows the way !!
IVAN  |  
6 Sep 2012 06:10 AM
Nicely done ! I will really miss Alex ... Happy for all Sidney FC fans that can now admire such a talented player. You will love it ! Looking forward his first goal in A-League
Marco  |  
6 Sep 2012 06:05 AM
Thank you to ADP for coming to play here. Welcome to all the Italian and other new fans of the A-League, we hope to see you at all our games this year. Our league is only 7 years old, but is quite exciting to watch and is getting much better each year. We have many youngsters who, when given a chance can shine overseas. This is a great day thanks again Alessandro Del Piero.
Lester  |  
6 Sep 2012 05:49 AM
Good job, guys. Let's hope he does have a great impact for the league.
Tony Genualdi  |  
6 Sep 2012 05:11 AM
Alex l'ho sempre seguito perché e' sempre stato fenomenale nell'interpretare il gioco del calcio. Come potrò fare ora per seguire le sue partite.
Pier Luigi  |  
6 Sep 2012 03:53 AM
I got to support you and alex! Juventusclub berna
Emilio  |  
6 Sep 2012 03:42 AM
Claudio  |  
6 Sep 2012 03:10 AM
Juventus my first team, from now i will support also sydney fc . Forza Sydney !! Vai Alex!!
Michele  |  
6 Sep 2012 02:24 AM
We will miss you in Italy Alex! Best of luck down under.
paolo  |  
6 Sep 2012 02:21 AM
Capitano per sempre nei nostri cuori....stupiscili come solo tu sai fare. FORZA CAPITANO LEGGENDA BIANCONERA FORZA JUVENTUS
antonio  |  
6 Sep 2012 01:51 AM
Capitano per sempre nei nostri cuori....stupiscili come solo tu sai fare. FORZA CAPITANO LEGGENDA BIANCONERA FORZA JUVENTUS
antonio  |  
6 Sep 2012 01:32 AM
I will follow my captain in this new exciting adventure! Now I see A-Leaugue! Great Sidney! From Italy with Love!
Elisa  |  
6 Sep 2012 01:08 AM
You have now other million supporters , from now we support Juve and Sydney!!!
Andrea  |  
6 Sep 2012 01:00 AM
Grande Alex!!!!!! in bocca al lupo da Treviso! e sempre forza juve
MDC83  |  
6 Sep 2012 12:18 AM
c'è solo un capitano ALEX DEL PIERO!!!!!!Grande! Ti seguiremo anche dall'altro capo del mondo.
beppe  |  
6 Sep 2012 12:12 AM
W Alex :)
Franco  |  
5 Sep 2012 11:46 PM
Forza Alex!! From now we will support also Sidney!!
Madmax  |  
5 Sep 2012 11:40 PM
Ottima scelta!
Giancarlo  |  
5 Sep 2012 11:20 PM
Capitano sei sempre nel mio cuore! Captain u will be forever in my heart!
Gilberto  |  
5 Sep 2012 11:11 PM
What a good deal from Sydney FC and also for the Australian Football. I am happy to see him in Australia to play for Sydney Football Club. I hope he score lots of goals like he did with Juventus FC. Forza Aleè!
Kevin  |  
5 Sep 2012 11:07 PM
Ciao Ale, in Italia hai fatto innamorare una nazione, in Australia farai innamorare un continente. In bocca al lupo
Sergio Regis  |  
5 Sep 2012 10:41 PM
ah with the roar got him!
Nathan  |  
5 Sep 2012 10:34 PM
Forza Alex
Andrea  |  
5 Sep 2012 10:13 PM
So…this really means I got to support Sidney fc from now on?
Paolo  |  
5 Sep 2012 10:08 PM
Massive! Well done SydneyFC and well done A-League! This is huge!
Max  |  
5 Sep 2012 09:57 PM