Juventus legend Alessandro Del Piero has revealed that AC Milan club president Silvio Berlusconi attempted to bring him to the San Siro during his days with the Old Lady.
The 40-year-old is now a free agent after leaving Indian Premier League side Delhi Dynamos and was speaking ahead of his former club’s crunch showdown with Milan on Sunday.
During his playing days he established himself as one of the best forward’s in Serie A, and last donned the black and white striped jersey in 2012 whilst Antonio Conte still occupied the managerial throne.
Speaking to Gazzetta dello Sport, Del Piero confirmed that Milan attempted to sign him twice during his career, with the last attempt as recent as five years ago.
The first was in 1992, before his big career-defining move to Turin and a period where the Rossoneri dominated the domestic scene in a similar way to how Juventus do now, nearly a quarter of a century down the line.
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Fabio Capello was the manager, and had previously masterminded a title triumph that saw them finish unbeaten and extend that run into the following season before they were eventually beaten in league game number 59. Marco Van Basten was the undisputed talisman of the side, with Carlo Ancelotti, Ruud Gullit, Frank Rijkaard and Paolo Maldini also regular fixtures in the team.
However, with so many starlets at the San Siro, Del Piero ultimately opted against a move and instead signed on with Juventus where he would spend the majority of his playing days.
During his days in Turin, Del Piero became a captain, a leader and a legend before ultimately leaving for a new challenge after winning the league title one last time in 2012. He scored 289 times in 705 appearances, with his 32 goals in 47 games way back in the 1997/1998 campaign his best individual season and one that also helped the club win a 25th league title.
The Italian also set a number of records during his time in Serie A, becoming Juventus’ highest-ever goalscorer and the player to have played the most minutes whilst wearing the club colours.
He won eight Scudettos, but his loyalty also ensured he won one Serie B league title after sticking with the club even after they were found guilty of match-fixing and relegated to the second-tier of Italian football as a result.
Del Piero was also part of the side that last won the Champions League back in 1996. Ajax were the opposing team, with Louis van Gaal their manager, whilst Juventus possessed a young and carefree Conte. It is small and surprising facts like this that show how long it has been since they last won the biggest club honour of all.