Boniperti begrudgingly gives up record

Posted on 18/10/2010


Juventus legend Giampiero Boniperti has written an open letter to Alessandro Del Piero jokingly begrudging him the equaling of his goalscoring record. 

Del Piero scored for the 178th time in Serie A yesterday, once again putting his name in Juventus’ history books alongside that of Boniperti. 

“Dear Del Piero, you didn’t even give us five minutes against Lecce: you came on and you scored. Well done,” Boniperti wrote in La Gazzetta dello Sport. 

“With that wonderful goal you reached me on 178 goals in Serie A with the Juventus shirt, but you won’t stop here. 

“I am not a liar and I will tell you straight away that it annoys me a little, but the fact that it was you and that I have known you since you were a little lad and that I brought you to Juve, well, it gives me satisfaction. 

“Sooner or later it had to happen also because I retired from football when I wasn’t even 33, while I see that you, a step from your 36th birthday, still have a lot of desire to train.

“Carry on this way,” Boniperti added. “Teach your young teammates what Juventus is. Explain to them the pride of wearing this shirt and what being hungry for victory is.” 

Source: Football-Italia