Juventus recently submitted a proposal to retire the number 10 won by legendary striker Alessandro del Piero, who is all set to leave the club in the next month.
By doing so, Alessandro del Pirlo will bring to an end an allegiance with Juventus that began back in 1993. He has been with Juventus during all these years after having faced a lot of disappointment and ecstasy with the club.
He was part of the Juventus team that played in the second division of Italian football for the first time in their history when the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic choose to leave the club.
He has been part of the Juventus team in all this years and he has had the opportunity to go out on a high this season. Juventus won their first league title since 2003 this season, but even more impressive was the fact that they had gone unbeaten throughout the season. Alessandro del Piero was given the perfect send off by the Juventus fans after he scored a trademark goal against Atlanta in the final match of the season. Due to his contribution to the club, it has been discussed among the Juventus board that the number 10 should be retired forever in his memory.
Alessandro del Piero, though, has said that it is not the right move by the club. Former AC Milan midfielder Andrea Pirlo has also echoed the same thoughts. “Juventus wanted to retire the number 10 shirt now that Alessandro is leaving the club, but he asked them not to do so. I agree with his decision. It’s unthinkable that someone will be up to Del Piero’s legacy soon, but I am sure someone will, in the future. I am staying with 21. I’ve always had it and I want to keep it,” said Pirlo.
Juventus ensured that many in the footballing world would hate them when they were heavily involved in the match fixing scandal that rocked Italian football in 2006.
Juve cheated their way to successive Serie A titles.
They were punished but after a series of appeals they were in a position to return to the big time within just a couple of years; finishing third in Serie A in 2008 and runners up in 2009.
They returned to the Champions League just two years after being found guilty of buying two league titles.
Had Juve’s initial punishment been upheld they would have, rightly, been finished as a major force in football for a few years. Being relegated two divisions and handed a 30 point penalty would have ensured that, even with a flawless few seasons it would have been 5 years or so before they returned to Serie A. Instead they now look set to be in contention for the league title in 2012 as well as looking good for a spot in the Coppa Italia final.
With Players such as Nedved, Buffon and Del Piero staying at the club they have given all the more reason to hate Juve. These are three of the most iconic players to have graced the pitch over the last decade and had they walked out, as Thuram, Ibrahimovic and Cannavaro did, they could have truly outed Juventus as the disgrace to Italian football that they are.
The Italian league and football in Italy is still tarnished by the actions of Juventus and a few others in the years leading up to the 2006 verdict but the impact on Juve is long gone. Just six years since being found guilty Juve will in all probability lift a trophy at the end of this season. If there was any justice they would be finished and be rotting away in the lower leagues of Italy with no hope of a return any time soon.
Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon has said on more than one occasion he would like to remain with the Bianconeri yet he left the door open for a move away from Turin by stating his fate is in Juve’s hands.
Buffon is still considered as one of the world’s best goalkeepers however the Bianconeri are having a miserable season and are looking to rebuild in order to bring back success. The Old Lady might consider cashing in on Buffon to help raise more funds to buy additional players to fill the gaps various positions but particularly the full-backs, midfield and attack.
Reports claim Juve have begun the search for alternatives and might consider Federico Marchetti who plays for Cagliari. The club will also need two full-backs, one centre-back, a midfielder and a striker. Clearly Juve cannot be conservative during the summer and must sign new quality players in order to compete for titles.