The veteran forward made his last Serie A appearance in front of the Juventus faithful at the weekend, and has admitted in a statement that the supporters' affection was the best thing of his 19-year stint at the Bianconeri.
He wrote on his website:
"NOTHING CAN BE BETTER THAN ...
"Than eight Scudetti. Than a promotion from Serie B. Than Coppa Italia (let's hope two). Than four Italian Super Cups. Than Champions League. Than Uefa Super Cup. Than Intercontinental Cup. Than a goal scored against Fiorentina. Than a Del Piero-style goal. Than a goal in Tokyo. Than my tears. Than a goal in Bari. Than a back-heel volley goal in a derby. Than a goal for Avvocato. Than a tongue stuck out in a game against Inter. Than an assist to David. Than goal number 187. Than a goal in Germany. Than Berlin. Than a goal scored against Frosinone. Than a top goalscorer title in Serie B. Than top goal scorer in serie A. Than a standing ovation at Bernabeu. Than 704 matches in the black-and-white jersey. Than 289 goals. Than a free kick scored that meant the Scudetto. Than a goal against Atalanta. Than any record. Than jersey No. 10 with the name Del Piero. Than captain's armband.
"Nothing, but ... what you have given me in these 19 years.
"I'm happy that you have smiled, cheered, cried, sung, shouted for me and with me. No colour will ever be brighter for me than black and white. You've made my dream come true. More than any other thing, today I just want to say THANK YOU.
"Always by your side Alessandro."
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Del Piero will make his last competitive Juventus appearance in Sunday's Coppa Italia final against Napoli.