Serie A giants Juventus should welcome former striker Alessandro Del Piero back to the club with welcome arms.
The Italian forward, who made over 700 appearances for the Old Lady before departing in 2012, is currently plying his trade in the Indian Premier League with Delhi Dynamos but remains coy on a return to the club one day in the future.
And with the player still very much adored by fans of the Bianconeri, the club hierarchy must never stand in his way if the player one day wishes to return to Turin either as a coach or in an ambassador role.
Del Piero made his debut with the club in 1993 after a move from minnows Padova, and went on represent the club for just under 20 years.
During that spell he established himself as one of most deadly marksmen in world football, and found the net 290 times with 32 coming during the 1997/1998 season where the club lifted the Scudetto for a 25th time.
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He tasted glory in the Champions League back in 1996 under the stewardship of Marcello Lippi, though was unlucky to miss out on three more winners medals as the Italian giants were beaten in additional finals in 1997, 1998 and 2003.
As the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Patrick Viera, and Fabio Cannavaro jumped ship following the club’s relegation due to their role in the match-fixing scandal in 2005, Del Piero remained and helped fire them back to the top flight at the first time of asking.
The Italian was also fortunate to play a key role in Antonio Conte’s first Serie A triumph in 2012, before leaving for Australia to make way for a new era of talent over in Turin.
Player or ambassador?
Juventus are already blessed with a plethora of attacking talent consisting of Carlos Tevez, Fernando Llorente and Alvaro Morata but the club should do their utmost to bring Del Piero to the club in an ambassadorial or coaching capacity.
European titans Bayern Munich, Barcelona and Manchester United have all found a role for club greats such as Franck Beckenbauer, Pep Guardiola and Ryan Giggs and should follow suit if they are to create a blueprint for further dominance of the domestic scene.
His very presence could help lure more of the planet’s biggest talents to Italy and may also convince Arturo Vidal to stay at the club amid interest from Louis Van Gaal’s United side.
For now, Del Piero is happy to be playing in India but the player has himself spoken of a desire to return to his homeland when his time in Asia is up.
He may yet wait to see how Allegri fares at the helm after an impressive start to the season, but if the Italian stays at the club for the long term he should bring a club legend back to the club.
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