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How Much Longer Can Alessandro Del Piero Compete at This Level?

The 33-year-old Juventus striker continues to compete at an elite level.  It is not so much a question of can he keep this maddening scoring pace up, but more a question of when will the drop off occur?  At 33, Alessandro Del Piero is entering a period noted for decline with many of the globe’s greatest attacking players, but after his recent brace against Real Madrid in the group stages of the 2008-2009 UEFA Champions League, his looming decline seems to be put on hold yet again.

Del Piero is Juventus’ all-time goal scoring leader and he has appeared for the club more than any other player in the outfits’ storied history.  Without question and without equal, he sits atop the summit of the Juventus player pantheon. He is also ranked in the top ten with goals scored in the UEFA Champions League firmly cementing his place in the European record books as well. 

On the national level, he has a World Cup on his resume from 2006 and he has scored the fourth most goals in his country’s history.  He is tied for fourth with another Italian great – Roberto Baggio.

Is there any end in sight for the game’s most dangerous Trequartista?