Del Piero: A-League move the right choice
Alessandro Del Piero says he is "convinced" he made the right choice in moving from Juventus to Sydney FC in Australia's A-League.
Del Piero has starred since joining the Sky Blues at the start of the season, scoring his 13th goal of the campaign in a 1-1 draw with the league leading Western Sydney Wanderers. The derby point kept Sydney inside the top six and well in contention for the finals series.
As well as enjoying his time on the pitch, Del Piero says the move to Australia has been beneficial to he and his family in terms of lifestyle.
"Every day that passes I am convinced that, for me and for my family, I made the right choice," Del Piero told Corriere dello Sport. "If I wanted to experience life in a country closer to Italy, and I speak not only of distance, I could have accepted other offers. But I really wanted a change. And here I found the best opportunity to find one.
"Italy is my country and I miss it. But I do not suffer the trauma of separation, because I'm fine in Australia. I know that I'll return. What I do not miss [about Italy] is a certain aggressiveness and rudeness which, unfortunately, I find not only widespread in society but also in the world of football."
The A-League has seen a sharp rise in attendances and viewing figures this term, and Del Piero says the supporters he has seen around the country were a key reason in his decision to extend his contract by another year.
"This is one of the most positive parts of my experience in Australia, one of the things that convinced me to stay in Sydney for another season," he added. "Here I was greeted with great enthusiasm and passion. There is a great desire for football in general and a great respect and love for the sport and its champions.
"Football is not Australia's main sport, it is not a tradition, but today it's in the newspapers and on television, the interest increases day by day. Sport is seen as an integral part of life and culture. And those who love the sport in all its forms, like me, feel that every day."