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A truly great champion: Alex Del Piero

Alessandro Del Piero is an Italian World Cup-winning footballer who plays now for Sydney FC in the A-League. He is third in the ranking of Italian all-time top scorers (335 goals, behind Giuseppe Meazza, 338 goals, and Silvio Piola, 364 goals). He played in Juventus F.C. for 19 years (11 years as captain) and holds the club records for goals (290) and appearances (705).

Del Piero scored in all competitions in which he participated. He was named in the FIFA 100, a list of the 125 greatest living footballers selected by Pelé as a part of FIFA’s centenary celebrations. He was also voted in the list of best European players for the past 50 years in the UEFA Golden Jubilee Poll. In 2000, Del Piero was the world’s best-paid football player from salary, bonuses, and advertising revenue. As of December 2012, he is in tenth place among the UEFA Champions League all-time goalscorers.Along with six awards in Italy for gentlemanly conduct, he has also won the Golden Foot award, which pertains to personality and playing ability.

He played three FIFA World Cup and four UEFA European Football Championship with the Italian national team. He is joint 4th (with Roberto Baggio) in the Italian national team top-scorer ranking, with 27 goals (behind Silvio Piola with 30 goals, Giuseppe Meazza with 33 goals and Luigi Riva with 35 goals) in 91 appearances.

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