Il Capitano Alessandro Del Piero (7 Viewers)

Stevie

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Mar 30, 2003
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Basically we took a more professional approach when dealing with Ale which i feel was just so wrong. He earned the right to be treated different than the others.

I still get really annoyed when i think about it. Roma gave Totti an amazing farewell. Our club did nothing for Ale.
 

Fr3sh

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Jul 12, 2011
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And do what exactly?

He's living his best life out in L.A. while getting paid to make appearances all over the planet.
This. He shouldn't even bother coming back, the club showed him where he stood with them and they split ways. Ale can do what he wants, how he wants. He owes the club nothing. I wouldn't even be mad if he became a member of FIGC and refused to work for Juventus.

Besides like you said getting paid to make appearances all over the planet, he having it great! When he wants a challenge he'll go seek one out on his own.
 

JuveJay

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Mar 6, 2007
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The difference between Juve and clubs like Roma and Napoli is if they have a player like Del Piero, Totti or even a legend like Maradona, the player becomes almost as big as the club. For Juve it doesn't matter how great the standing of the players, whether it's a long-term club legend like Del Piero or Buffon, or for example a global superstar like Ronaldo comes in and wins everything in the way he has done before, or as Platini did for the club. In the end it's just another great player in a long list, and onward we go looking at creating the next great player, winning the next set of trophies, creating great teams. It doesn't stop, and that sets us apart.

It might seem like a cold club to be a legend for but that ethic is there from day one, we do the best for players and if they don't want to stay here they can move to another top team, but probably won't find the same. There is more romance and nostalgia at other clubs, but that is because there is also about a tenth as many trophies, great teams, great players and great games to remember.

As far as Juve are concerned the club is number one and you have to look through a telescope to find number two, even the greatest legends we had. When it stops being that way we should start worrying, because it has to be the same way for all elite teams.
 

Dru

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Aug 8, 2006
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The club provided every avenue for the player to dictate his own terms of leaving the club. They also paved the way for him to join P$G in some regard. For Ale, they scheduled everything for him. No regard for the player. It wasn't on his terms. But that's just the kind of person he is I guess. He doesn't want to cause any strife and the club gave him one ceremony to say goodbye to the fans one last time.

At the end of the day, the club mishandled the entire situation. Sadly it was quite possibly the clubs most beloved iconic player. Lucky for them it was someone who will never hold it against the club.
 

pavluska

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Apr 25, 2013
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Ale was let go at the right time. It's sign of a top, well-managed club.

A little disappointed he isn't more involved in club matters post-retirement. I don't mean as a director (there's no room), but Trezeguet and Davids seem bigger club ambassadors. Is ADP even an official ambassador?
 

JuveJay

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It rarely is on the terms of the player when you're talking about clubs of our size. They might want to stay here for life but also few want to end it as bit-part players, which is what Del Piero increasingly was. Much in the same way Raúl was for Real Madrid by the time he left.

My thoughts on Del Piero are the same now as then - the time was right even if he didn't agree with it, and might even have been a season too late. When you're scrapping for a start against Matri, Vucinic and Quagliarella it should show a few pointers.
 

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