Italian legend Alessandro Del Piero has officially signed for Sydney FC tonight agreeing to a 2 year contract with the option of a 3rd year. This has come to a shock to some supporters around the world as Sydney FC were up against some of the biggest clubs in Europe with the likes of Liverpool, Celtic and Tottenham all interested.
The talks began last week after club marquee Nicky Carle went to the Middle East on loan so it opened up a spot for Del Piero. Most wrote them off until Sydney FC started being vocal and letting their fans know what’s going on. Confidence started to grow and as Sydney FC confirmed that negotiations will be going further as Sydney FC CEO Tony Pignata and player agent Lou Sticca travelled to Italy to continue the negotiations.
Negotiations went on for a couple more days and then a deal was confirmed with Del Piero signing on for the 2012/13 season which begins at the start of October.
Sydney FC are hoping to break even on this deal with a boost in membership sales and also home attendances because of Del Piero’s arrival which will be sure to attract interest from the Italian communities around Sydney and even around the world. This will also be sure to put Sydney FC firm on the world map after already trending worldwide on deadline day last week and is now currently trending worldwide in wake of the move.
Del Piero is regarded as the biggest name to ever play in Australian Football with a World Cup, European Championship and 6 domestic titles to his name. He is also a part of the ‘FIFA 100’ which is a list of the 100 Greatest Living Footballers voted by Pele in 2004. He will not only become the biggest signing in history but also the highest paid in Australian football history which is reportedly around $2 million a season.
Del Piero is expected to join his teammates within the next 2 weeks with the season just over a month away.
Written by Tom Moxey
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