As always, these two things are always going to be true no matter what time of the year it is:
- There are many fans around the BWRAO community — lurkers or otherwise — who were Juventus fans before Alessandro Del Piero signed in Turin way back in 1993.
- There are many fans around the BWRAO community — lurkers or otherwise — who are Juventus because of Alessandro Del Piero was one of the best players in the club's history.
No matter when, where, how and why we are Juventus fans, we have all rooted for Alessandro Del Piero at some point in time during his 19 years with Juve. When looking at Juventus players over the past 25 or 30 years, he's the guy of all guys. As much as Gigi Buffon is our capitano right now — and he's an absolutely wonderful one, too — Del Piero was our capitano for so many years before that. And for many, he always will be that no matter who dons the captain's armband going into the future.
I bring all of this up because, today, Nov. 9, is something we like to call 'Christmas in November,' otherwise known as the day Del Piero was born on. Behold a sacred day in the history of Juventus (even though nobody knew it at the time back in 1974).
Your name will forever be legend. pic.twitter.com/iyWDPO2oV6— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) November 8, 2015
Sent out at 12:05 a.m. in Italy. That's some pretty good timing, huh?
There are so many things to love about Del Piero the player and the person — the class, the goals, the free kicks, the goal celebrations, DAT SMILE. I could probably sit here and try to wax poetically for hours on end about what made Del Piero so great as a footballer and as a captain at the club he loved so freaking much. For two decades we watched Del Piero lead Juventus to wins that led to titles. We watched him score goals that simply made our jaws drop. We watched him be, at the very least, one of the best Italian players of both this generation and ever before.
Eight Scudetti. A Champions League trophy. A Coppa Italia trophy. Four Supercoppas. The list of both team and individual honors Del Piero won during his two-decade-long career with Juventus goes on and on and on.
Juventus posted this on their website to commemorate Del Piero's birthday:
In a Juve career spanning 19 years, Del Piero wrote his name not only in the history books of Italy's most successful club for his sustained goalscoring brilliance and long-serving loyalty to the Old Lady but also for his national team, with whom he memorably won the World Cup in 2006.
Alessandro's Bianconeri story will forever be one of breath-taking strikes, crucial assists and trophy-laden success and as such, it is with great pleasure that everyone involved with Juventus Football Club wishes him many happy returns on his special day.
Pretty hard to disagree with any of that. When it comes to knowing things about Del Piero, I'd say Juventus are one of the best sources there are around. And when they praise Del Piero for all he's done, you pretty much just nod your head in agreement because it's not like they're feeding you something that isn't true.
Thank you, Alessandro Del Piero, for the years of being one of the best there ever was and ever will be. May you enjoy yourself a round of golf today, your 41st birthday.