Alessandro Del Piero is one of the true greats of the Italian game.
Most famous for his 19-year spell with Juventus, where he will always be regarded as one of the club’s biggest legends, the Italian forward won the lot during his illustrious playing career.
Del Piero ended his career with six Serie A winners’ medals, one Coppa Italia, one UEFA Champions League and, of course, he also won the World Cup with the Azzurri in 2006.
The gifted striker oozed class and was awarded the Serie A Italian Football of the Year award twice in the space of 10 years - first in 1998 and then again in 2008 - a testament to how he managed to prolong his career and continually adapt to change in Turin.
He is also considered one of the best free-kick takers in Serie A history. Few players of his generation were more dangerous from dead-ball situations.
After bidding an emotional farewell to Juve in 2012, Del Piero went on to spend two seasons with Sydney FC before a brief spell with Delhi Dynamos.
Finally, in October 2015, after almost a year without a club, Del Piero announced his retirement and stated his intention to pursue a coaching career.
“I will admit, I do now feel ready to become a coach,” he told Italian newspaper Corriere dello Sport, per the Guardian, after hanging up his boots. “If you’d asked me three years ago, I would’ve said no, but things are different now."
What is Del Piero up to these days?
Two-and-a-half years have now passed and Del Piero doesn’t appear to be any closer to becoming a coach - which is a shame because a former player of his experience and pedigree must have so much to offer - so what is the great man up to these days?
Well, The Sun have run a feature on the 43-year-old today and it turns out he now works in the fashion industry.
We’ll be perfectly honest: we were not expecting that.
The article states that Del Piero has launched his own ‘glam and sporty’ outdoor wear fashion line called ‘Air Dp’ since retirement and now hopes to bring it over to the UK.
"England is elegant and civil,” he told The Sun. "What I missed out on with football, I could live through my brand. I would like to expand the style and my product — and bring it to England."
What does Air Dp sell, then?
So, what sort of items does Air Dp sell?
Trendy sunglasses are among the items you can purchase, as well as ‘modern takes on trainers and raincoats’.
On the choice of name, Del Piero has explained that the ‘Air’ part comes "from the air supporting a golf ball after a swing, the family laughs in a fine day, the unmistakable brush-stroke of a free kick, from a new, dynamic, enterprising yet fair approach to life."
He added: "I feel I've always felt I have a British sense of style. I like that and admit it freely.
"David Beckham is an example of class in the USA, in England and Italy. He is a style icon."
Who knows, an Air Dp store could be coming to a town near you very soon.
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