Friday September 9 2016
Del Piero: 'Protect the #10'

Juventus legend Alessandro Del Piero calls for a protection of the footballing #10 as an endangered species.

The 41-year-old responded to yesterday's first page of the Gazzetta dello Sport, in which the newspaper lamented the lack of fantasisti or classical #10s competing for the Scudetto nowadays.

“Gazzetta, now that pandas are no longer an endangered species, let's protect the #10!” he tweeted. “I know a good one who lives in LA.”

The second part of the tweet was an ironic reference to himself.

While light-hearted, Del Piero's comment confirms the atmosphere in Italy high-lighted by the Gazzetta's article, in which there is a feeling that classical #10s like Zinedine Zidane, Diego Maradona or Roberto Baggio are slowly vanishing.

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