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Western Sydney's Ono: I once swapped shirts with Juventus legend Del Piero

Western Sydney Wanderers marquee signing Shinji Ono has revealed that he has already come across Alessandro Del Piero on the football pitch.

The Japanese midfielder recently joined the newest A-League franchise and is gearing up for the 2012/13 season which pits the Wanderers against Del Piero and his new Sydney FC teammates in round three later in October.

Ono met Del Piero in UEFA Champions League action a few years back and says he respects the Italian great so much he even asked for his playing shirt.

"I play against Alessandro when I played for Feyenoord in the UEFA Champions League," he revealed. "I think the first game was 1-1 and away we lost 3-1.

"I remember because after the game I changed shirts with him. I respect him. He's a fantastic player."

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