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Del Piero will join Real Mallorca as sporting director.

Alessandro Del Piero to join Spain's Real Mallorca as sporting director

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Italy and Juventus legend Alessandro Del Piero is set for a return to football in a non-playing role - but not at the club you would have first thought.

According to the Mirror, the former striker is set to join Spanish outfit Real Mallorca as their new sporting director.

The Segunda side, currently 18th in Spain's second division, were recently the subject of a completed takeover by American businessman Robert Sarver, who is keen on increasing the club's profile through using big sporting names in ambassador roles.

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Those ambassadors include NBA star Steve Nash, who helped convince the former World Cup winner to join the club given the pair's friendship.

The appointment of Del Piero will see a change in the club's structure of executive personnel, with former Barcelona defender Miguel Angel Nadal set to move from his current position as sporting director to a role on the club's board.

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Now 41-years-old, Del Piero only recently confirmed his retirement from professional football in 2015 after spells in Australia and India with Sydney FC and Delhi Dynamos respectively.

Of course, the Italian forward was only ever at Juventus before those spells and amassed over 500 appearances for the Serie A side, whilst also making 91 appearances for Italy and winning the 2006 World Cup in Germany ten years ago.

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Alongside the sheer amount of appearances made for the Old Lady, Del Piero won six Serie A titles, the Coppa Italia, four Supercoppa Italiana titles and a UEFA Champions League winners' medal in 1996.

Mallorca will hope such success as a player will transcend into the club upon his arrival.

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