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Del Piero: Here we are 250

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Veteran striker Alessandro Del Piero looks back over his 250 goals in a Juventus jersey throughout 15 years.

Pinturicchio is the club's all-time appearance and goals record holder, and the penalty in their 4-0 win over Reggina last weekend allowed the captain to celebrate another personal record with the club.

"It's 250," wrote Del Piero on his official website, "I will never get used to these numbers. Every record is an exciting feeling, each time, just like every goal.

"What moves me is not the record (because, albeit important, I just consider it to be a stepping stone), but rather what is behind it: the journey that takes you to achieve certain results.

"It's a lot for a striker, 250 goals (or is it 251?!). Even if they are not and should not be everything, because the team comes first of all. That is not a cliché, it is the only way you can win."

Del Piero, who won back-to-back Capocannonieri titles in Serie B and Serie A, scored his first goal for the Bianconeri on September 19, 1993 against Reggiana at Stadio Delle Alpi in Turin.

"I remember every single goal. I am attached to each one to the point where if I am asked to pick my favourite, I struggle because it makes me feel guilty about the others!

"I remember every celebration, every embrace. So with this 250th I wish to embrace everyone who celebrated alongside me, both on the field and thousands of kilometres away.

"Thank you above all to those who would have been by my side even if I had not reached 250, but instead stopped scoring after that first.

"I am really happy you have enjoyed this time with me and I heard you all. But we must not stop here, because I am convinced that the greatest goal, like the most wonderful victory, is the one you have to fight for, the one that comes tomorrow."

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