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Former Italy star Alessandro Del Piero: India, I'm on my way

Alessandro Del Piero

Alessandro Del Piero

ISL side Delhi Dynamos FC have roped in the services of former Italy and Juventus legend Alessandro Del Piero.

“I’m glad to announce that a short while ago I signed a contract with Delhi Dynamos Football Club, the team that will be play in the upcoming 2014 Indian Super League season,” the 39-year-old forward told in a statement on his official website “I’ll be a member of the team that will participate in the new Indian football championship and being the ambassador of this league I will have the honour and responsibility of promoting the image and  popularity of football in the country.”

“I am very enthusiastic about this new adventure, it fits perfectly well the with the way In I which chose to move forward since I left Juventus, three summers ago. I’ve never wanted repeat the paths I’ve already walked, I have never looked for emotions that i’ve already experienced, those are unique and will remain unique and special forever.”

“I’ve always looked for something different, I see myself as a ‘traveller on the roads of football’, for me, the pitch isn’t the only thing that counts, that what surrounds the game counts just as much. Above all what is important is the possibility to join together the professional aspect and the role of ‘football ambassador’, a chance to proudly represent in the world this wonderful sport, that has become a fundamental part of my life since the day I was born. This is the reason why I went to Australia. Also why I’m happy with the results obtained with Australian football, in the two years I was there, and with everything that country has given me.”

“This is the reason why I’m going to India. Another stopover during this fantastic journey. A new championship, the Indian Super League, a new team, the Delhi Dynamos, new fans, a great amount of enthusiasm, a lot of new people to meet and hopefully to “conquer, chasing after the ball and not only.”

“Next stop: India. I’m on my way. See you soon in New Delhi,” Del Piero concluded.

Del Piero has represented his country in 91 senior international matches, while scoring 27 goals. He has won the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany, besides winning many titles with his clubs mainly Juventus.