Former Juventus star Del Piero arrives Down Under
SYDNEY (AP) - Former Juventus and Italy forward Alessandro Del Piero, wearing a Sydney FC scarf and signing autographs for fans who had waited up to five hours, arrived to a raucous Sydney airport welcome on Sunday to begin a two-year contract with the A-League team.
The 37-year-old Del Piero, reported to be earning US$2 million a season, emerged from the Australian customs area with his family around 11.15am (9.15am, Singapore time) and was met by hundreds of chanting and cheering fans lined up behind metal security barricades.
Many were wearing his No. 10 on Juventus or Sydney FC shirts, while others waved large banners from the Serie A club that Del Piero played for over 19 seasons.
His arrival was televised live by a sports network across the country.