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Legendary striker Alessandro Del Piero 'emerges as a candidate for the Juventus presidency' as pressure grows on Andrea Agnelli to step down following the European Super League saga

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Daily Mail
 2021-04-25

Alessandro Del Piero has emerged as a surprise candidate to take over as Juventus president amid doubts over Andrea Agnelli's future, according to reports.

The Old Lady are still reeling from the botched European Super League project, with Agnelli one of the orchestrators of the now-defunct plan that lasted only 48 hours.

Gazzetta dello Sport reported on Thursday that the current Juventus chief's future in Turin is clouded in 'more in doubt than ever' before after the Super League saga.

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Alessandro Del Piero is a surprise candidate for the Juventus presidency, say reports
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Current Old Lady chief Andrea Agnelli (middle) is under-fire after the  Super League saga

And according to Italian news outlet Il Messagero, former Juventus striker Del Piero could be a president from next season should Agnelli leave the Turin club.

Agnelli angered UEFA by resigning as president of the European Club Association in order to become of one the vice-chairmen of the project behind Real Madrid's Florentino Perez.

The Juventus president has not retired yet but majority shareholder John Elkann could make a decision to relieve him of his duties in the next shareholders' meeting on May 27.

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Agnelli has become an unpopular figure in Italy having been a key player in the botched plans

Agnelli, who is Elkann's first cousin, was first appointed as chairman of the Juventus board in 2010 and has overseen one of the most successful domestic periods in the Old Lady's history.

Juventus have won all nine of the last Scudetto titles but Andrea Pirlo's side are currently fourth in the Italian top-flight - 11 points behind leaders Inter Milan with six games to go.

Del Piero, meanwhile, is currently working as a pundit for ESPN in Italy after retiring from football six years ago.

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Del Piero scored 290 goals for Juventus in a 19-year spell and is now a pundit for ESPN

The Italian forward scored 290 goals in over 700 appearances for the Italian giants which came between 1993 and 2012.

The World Cup winner with Italy includes six Serie A title and the 1996 Champions League in his 16 major club honours with Juventus.

David Trezeguet, who enjoyed a remarkable partnership up front with Del Piero at Juventus, teased the pair's potential return to the Turin club earlier this month.

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David Trezeguet (up) claims he and Del Piero (below) could return to Juventus in the future

The Frenchman, who is studying to become a sporting director, told GianlucadiMarzio.com: 'I hope so, why not? Alex has proved his qualities and he is getting ready. Nobody will ever forget his link with Juventus.

'On the pitch, he was a point of reference for me. We spent ten years together and it was fantastic. He was a unique player and an exceptional professional. We only needed to look at each other to understand what to do.

'But our understanding was born off the pitch with moments of simple sharing, like watching a game together,' he added.

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