Domenica, 21 Ottobre 2018
ROME

Soccer: After landing Del Piero, Sydney eye Totti

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(ANSA) - Rome, October 11 - After signing former Juventus
captain Alessandro Del Piero, Sydney FC have set their sights on
another Italian soccer great - AS Roma forward Francesco Totti.
"He (Totti) is an extraordinary player," Sydney CEO Tony
Pignata told the website of Italian news weekly Panorama.
"At the moment he's having a great season with Roma, but in
the future, who knows?".
Totti, who was part of Italy's 2006 World Cup-winning team
like Del Piero and is a year younger at 36, has only ever played
senior football for Roma, the club he supported as a child.
Pignata also praised Del Piero, who left Juventus after 19
glorious years in the closed season.
"His great humility has amazed me above everything else,"
the CEO said. "His career does not finish here. He wants to win
more".
Del Piero, meanwhile, said the Heysel Stadium disaster in
which 39 Juventus fans were killed before the 1985 European Cup
final against Liverpool was part of the reason why he turned
down a move to the English side.
"The negotiations with Sydney were at an advanced stage
(when Liverpool made an offer) and I thought about what happened
at Heysel," Del Piero said in an interview published in
Thursday's La Gazzetta dello Sport.
"Juventus and Liverpool were able to rebuild relations
(after), but that tragedy is an indelible memory for many
people".

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