Sunday May 13 2012
Del Piero: 'I am so proud'

Alessandro Del Piero said his farewell was “an incredible moment, as my ties to the fans go beyond anything. I am happy and proud.”

The Juventus captain played his final Serie A match today, scoring a goal in the 3-1 victory over Atalanta and lifting the Scudetto trophy.

“It was an incredible moment,” he said of his lap of honour as tears flooded from people in the stands.

“My ties to the fans go beyond anything and I want to thank them. I am happy and proud today. It is an incredibly wonderful day.

“Of course there is also sadness, but it’s a moment to treasure, because I celebrated with the fans on the field and I cannot add anything more. I am truly proud.

“I am focusing on this because I don’t want to feel that sadness and I have to prepare for Sunday’s Coppa Italia Final against Napoli.”

Del Piero has stated he will not be retiring just yet, so could be heading to the American MLS or the English Premier League.

“There’s a lifetime ahead of me to work as a director. I am in good shape, I was born to play football and as long as I can do that, I’m happy.

“Would I like to play in England? I’ve always said you experience football in a fantastic way there. However, I haven’t discussed a transfer for 19 years, so I’m a bit out of the loop on what to do!”

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