Alessandro Del Piero has thanked all his fans – particularly Francesco Totti – for the messages on his 37th birthday.
“Dear friends,” he wrote on his official website, “November 9 was truly a special day for me and you all contributed to making it that way.
“You gave me a lovely birthday surprise. That’s because I really didn’t expect the tens of thousands of messages.
“I tried to read them all on Facebook and must admit I haven’t managed it, but I’ll do everything I can to complete the job!
“As you know I am 37... in fact 3+7 is 10... but this time, and not just now, you all deserve 10 out of 10.
“I also wish to thank all my colleagues, and all my opponents, who wanted to reserve a thought for me on my birthday. Many of them said words that cannot help but move me.
“Thank you! P.S. Thank you, Francè !!!”
That was a reference to Francesco Totti, who wished him well on his own blog.
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