Over 19 years at Juventus, Del Piero made 704 appearances, scored 289 goals and won Serie A six times and the Champions League once.
With Italy he scored 27 goals in 91 caps and was a key member of the squad which won the 2006 World Cup.
But Del Piero truly earned his status as a footballing legend with his club, specifically in his devotion to the Bianconeri following their demotion to Serie B in 2006.
While many players left, Del Piero remained in Turin to captain the side back to the top flight and eventually back to the title.
Fittingly nicknamed Il Pinturicchio in reference to the great renaissance artist, we’ll always love Del Piero, but we’ve left it to those who know him best to explain why he is such a legend.
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