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Alessandro Del Piero announces he is leaving Sydney FC

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Quinn Rooney

Even though he is no longer a Juventus player, Alessandro Del Piero is still a rather large figure for many of us. In recent weeks, rumors of where he may or may not be playing football next season have come to the forefront.

Come Monday morning in his homeland, we got the verdict many people thought was coming.

Del Piero announced on his personal website that he is leaving the Australian club after two years. Del Piero, who will be 40 years old in November, was reportedly seeking a contract extension with the club, but they decided not to match the terms their No. 10 was asking for.

Part of the statement on Del Piero's website is below:

Australia, the moment has arrived to say "arrivederci". My adventure with Sydney FC is about to be concluded, and, even if it makes me rather sad, because I have had wonderful time here, I have communicated my decision to the club. I'm really grateful for the last two years and for the club's request for me to remain and with whom, I am happy to explore new opportunities to continue our relationship. It hasn't been an easy choice, also because my life on and off the pitch has been fantastic, my family and I have really enjoyed these two wonderful years: Australia will remain in our hearts forever.

After winning the Scudetto with Juventus in the 2011-12 season, Del Piero became the biggest name to ever play in the A-League when he signed with Sydney FC. Games Del Piero played in became some of the bigger events throughout the season. Star power, baby.

The question now: Where will Del Piero go next?

Regarding his future, ADP said the following:

The moment has arrived to make some changes. I am well aware that I have given a lot and received even more. Now I just need some time to think over all the prospective opportunities for my future.

Rumors of a possible signing in Major League Soccer have popped up in the recent week or so, with DC United as a possible landing spot for the former Juventus captain. There's also been possible destinations like Japan being thrown out there right now. But something tells me Del Piero is going to enjoy a bit of a holiday before making a decision about where he is going to be playing ball next.