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Juventus icon Del Piero to play final game in Australia

Alessandro Del Piero will make his final appearance on Australian soil in the Foxstel A-League All-Stars match in August.

The Juventus and Italy great has concluded his playing role with A-League club Sydney FC, which was officially announced on Monday, but will play for one last time on Aussie ground when he captains the All-Stars at the ANZ Stadium on Sunday, August 10.

Del Piero will skipper the A-League select against his former club Juventus in what will be a great celebration of football in Australia.

The 39-year old attacker made 48 A-League appearances for the Sky Blues, scoring 24 goals, but had a much bigger influence on the game down under than his playing exploits displayed.

"Two years ago Sydney FC signed one of the greatest players to have ever worn a football shirt, Alessandro Del Piero," said Sydney FC chairman Scott Barlow said.

"At the time, if you had said Del Piero would be playing in Australia, few people would have believed it possible.

"His signing was the biggest in Australian football history and it lifted Sydney FC and the A-League onto the world stage.

"Together we have achieved a lot and Sydney FC has grown in every way, with record crowds and memberships and huge interest in our club both domestically and internationally.

"There is no doubt that Alessandro's contribution has laid the foundations for a lasting legacy and he has inspired a whole new generation of Sydney FC football fans and future players.

"The next generation of Sydney FC stars will be the kids who came along with their parents to watch Del Piero on the pitch in Sydney."

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