Alessandro Del Piero has broken all sorts of records during his time with Juventus, but this weekend he set himself apart from any other player when he became the top scorer for a single club in the history of Italian football.
His first-half brace may not have secured three points for the Old Lady against Catania but it did ensure that he surpassed the 282-goal mark chalked up by Inter great Giuseppe Meazza. Almost 18 years after bagging his first goal for Juve in their Serie A clash with Reggiana on September 19 1993 following his move from Padova, Del Piero struck seven minutes before half-time against the Etnei to take his tally to 283 just 19 minutes after levelling Meazza’s incredible mark.
His tally has been recorded in 673 games across all competitions, with 204 in league play. He remains 16 short of joining the 200-goal club in Serie A, which former Italy national team-mate Francesco Totti recently became the sixth member of, but shows no real signs of slowing up in front of goal and stands level with Gabriel Batistuta in ninth place in the all-time rankings.
|DEL PIERO'S 283 | Season-by-season goal record at Juventus|
(SE = European Super Cup, CI = Intercontinental Cup, SI= Supercoppa Italiana, IC = Intertoto Cup)
The No. 10’s best goalscoring season by far came in 1997-98 when he scored 32 goals for Juventus. That total included 10 goals in 10 games in the Champions League as the Bianconeri fell just short of recording a third European title.
|THE FEDELISSIMI - 200 GOALS WITH THE SAME CLUB
|Alessandro Del Piero
After breaking the record on Saturday night, Del Piero played down his achievements. “I did what I did, and I did well, but there’s nothing to say,” he told La Gazzetta dello Sport. “I’m happy for the two goals but they are only numbers.”
The Juventus skipper confirmed two months ago that he wishes to sign a new deal with the club, but this has not yet been forthcoming from the management. Though the player himself was guarded when he spoke of a new contract on Saturday – “I already expressed my opinion, don’t ask me. I told you, I don’t know” – the Bianconeri faithful will be hoping that their club symbol continues to play and score in the black and white shirt next year when they move into the newly renovated Stadio delle Alpi.