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Del Piero wanted to play with Ronaldo

Sydney FC star Alessandro Del Piero says he would have loved to have played with Brazilian legend Ronaldo at some point during his career.

The 37-year-old, who brought a glittering 19-year stay at Juventus to an end last season, also revealed his minor regret at missing out on the 1996 Ballon d’Or.

Asked whether he had any regrets during his career, the former Italy international was typically open in his answer.

“Not at all. I have no regrets,” Del Piero told La Gazzetta dello Sport.

“Whenever I lose, however, (such as) Champions League finals (that) went wrong, or the 2000 European Championship. I hoped for (the Ballon D’Or) in 1996 after winning the Champions League and Intercontinental Cup.

“I (played against) the best in 20 years of football. (It) would’ve been fun to see what would happen, playing with Ronaldo.”

Del Piero scored in the first half of his home debut for Sydney, despite going down 3-2 to Newcastle Jets on Saturday, but vowed to improve on his performance.

“It’s clear that I am very happy for the goal, but I am not happy with the fact that it (did not) bring the team to victory. I hope it will be the first of a long series,” he said to reporters after the match.

“During the game we woke up too late and in the end we managed to recover. We will need to approach the games in a different way from the very beginning.

“For now we will try to do better. We have to understand what are the things that (we) are not already (doing), and come back to win the next game.”

Sun 14 October, 2012
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