Alessandro Del Piero has described Calciopoli as “an atomic bomb”, the effects of which are still being felt in Italian football.
Juve were infamously demoted to Serie B for their role in the refereeing scandal 10 years ao, but Del Piero claimed it also led to football in Italy ‘collapsing’ and other countries moving ahead.
“It was like an atomic bomb: our football broke down,” the former Bianconeri attacker told Gazzetta dello Sport.
“I’m not just talking about Juve. After that, the great champions went abroad and the other countries have grown exponentially:
“The Premier League has exploded thanks to its skill in managing its various brands around the world, as well as the shrewd distribution of its TV rights.
“Real and Barcelona have also moved forward with their respective corporate policies, Germany has completed the route it begun, when it was awarded the 2006 World Cup, and even big foreign investors have arrived in France to transform clubs like PSG and Monaco.
“Italy, on the other hand, collapsed, but Juve started coming back up and Napoli are on an important journey.”