Del Piero sends open letter to Juventus fans: I will always be one of you

The legendary Bianconeri forward leaves the Turin club after 19 years, and has thanked the supporters of the Scudetto holders for their adoration over almost two decades
Alessandro Del Piero has sent an open letter to Juventus fans after officially leaving the Turin club after 19 years of service.

"It ends here, my contract with Juventus expires today," the 37-year-old states in his letter, published in  Corriere dello Sport.

“It’s not news, but knowing it is ‘official’ still has an effect on me. It is not a sad moment for me, there are no regrets or nostalgia. Not anymore."

The Serie A champions have decided not to extend the veteran’s contract, and upon departing the Bianconeri after almost two decades the forward has expressed his gratitude to the club’s supporters.

"All the memories, the joys, the triumphs and – to be honest – a few recent moments of bitterness... Today all these images flash in front of my eyes and at a certain point blur into one marvelous embrace of my final game in Turin."

“A while ago, before going on vacation, I emptied out my locker at Vinovo and walking out of the training ground I stopped where for many months you waited for me hoping for a photo, an autograph or just a hello... under the snow, the ice, the rain, the burning sun. But this time I am the one saluting and thanking you, just as you did with me."

“The players pass by, but Juventus remains. My teammates remain, who I wish the best and will always cheer them on.

“Above all what remains is the fans, you who are Juventus. That jersey that I loved and will always love, that I desired and respected, without breaks or discounts.

“From tomorrow I will no longer be a Juventus player, but I will always be one of you. Now a new adventure begins and I am as fired up as I was 19 summers ago.

“Arrivederci. Thanks for everything.