It was expected that this would be Alessandro Del Piero's final year with Juventus, but president Andrea Agnelli confirmed on Tuesday morning that the captain would hang up his bianconeri in summer 2012. Del Piero, who turns 37 in November, joined the Old Lady from Padova back in 1993, and is now a symbol of everything the club has gone through during that time, good and bad.
While with Juventus, Del Piero experienced the best -- seven scudetti, the Coppa Italia, and the Champions League title. Italy also won the World Cup with Del Piero in the side. But what most endears him to Juve fans (besides his fantastic abilities, of course) is that he stayed with the club after Calciopoli, one of the few players who had the opportunity to leave but stayed and played in Serie B.
The Juve captain may not be starting regularly, but even off the bench it's clear just how much talent remains. Del Piero is a player who can come in and turn the match on its head, opening up the game and creating opportunities. He's said he won't play for another Italian club, but don't be too surprised if he ends up overseas for a couple years.