One of the classiest footballers to ever wear a Juventus shirt (or any shirt) got the send-off he deserved at his final home match. Juve finished off their undefeated season -- the first in a 38-match Serie A season, according to Paolo Bandini -- with a 3-1 win over Atalanta in which Del Piero scored Juve's second goal.
After he was subbed off in the 58th minute to a standing ovation, Del Piero turned his attention to the tearful fans who have supported him for the last 19 years, signing autographs and waving goodbye before lifting the Scudetto and taking a lap of honor after the final whistle.
With just the Coppa Italia final against Napoli in Rome left to play before his Juve career ends, the 37-year-old made it clear that there's still some joy he needs to squeeze out of the game. From Football Italia:
"There's a lifetime ahead of me to work as a director. I am in good shape, I was born to play football and as long as I can do that, I'm happy.
"Would I like to play in England? I've always said you experience football in a fantastic way there. However, I haven't discussed a transfer for 19 years, so I'm a bit out of the loop on what to do!"
Better to be born to play football than to talk about transfer, I'd say.
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