Del Piero: It would have been fun to play with Ronaldo

The 37-year-old, who scored on his home debut in Australia on Saturday, revealed his regrets and spoke positively of the former Selecao forward
Former Juventus hero and current Sydney FC striker Alessandro Del Piero has admitted that he would have loved to have played with Brazilian legend Ronaldo at some point during his career.

The 37-year-old, who brought a glittering 19 year stay in Turin to an end last season, also revealed his minor regret at missing out on the 1996 Ballon d'Or.

Asked whether he had any regrets during his career, the former Italy international openly replied.

"Not at all. I have no regrets. Whenever I lose, however, [such as] Champions League finals [that] went wrong, or the 2000 European Championship. I hoped for [the Ballon D'Or] in 1996, after winning the Champions League and Intercontinental Cup," Del Piero remarked to Gazzetta dello Sport.

"I [played against] the best in 20 years of football. [It] would've been fun to see what would happen, playing with Ronaldo."

Del Piero scored in the first half of his home debut for Sydney, despite going down 3-2 to Newcastle Jets on Saturday, though the striker vowed to improve on his performance.

"It's clear that I am very happy for the goal, but I am not happy with the fact that it [did not] bring the team to victory. I hope it will be the first of a long series," he said to reporters after the match.

"During the game we woke up too late and in the end we managed to recover. We will need to approach the games in a different way from the very beginning.

"For now we will try to do better. We have to understand what are the things that [we] are not already [doing], and come back to win the next game."

Del Piero's next game is a Sydney derby against newly formed Western Sydney Wanderers in round three of the A-League next Saturday.