Alessandro Del Piero rules out coaching stint in near future

The 44-year-old Italian great is happy to serve as a television pundit for now.

Alessandro Del Piero at the Laureus World Sports Awards. Photo: Getty Images

Alessandro Del Piero, the Italy and Juventus football great, has ruled out committing himself to a coaching role in the foreseeable future. Instead, the 44-year-old, who played for Delhi Dynamos in the Indian Super League (ISL) in 2014-15, is happy as a television pundit.

On the sidelines of the Laureus World Sports Awards held here earlier this week, Del Piero greeted a selected group of Indian mediapersons with a namaste.

“I have been to India couple of times for different reasons after my ISL stint. I am following what is happening in the league. I had a great time there, short time, just three months, but [I’m] happy that the league has grown, it is six months now. I quite like how things are moving,” he said.

Commenting on the Indian national football team, Del Piero said, “I know what is going on with your national team but don’t know the reason why they are doing badly. It is not easy. One thing is how you grow the league and another is how national team grows. It is not easy to balance.”

Growing knowledge

Would he like to come back to India for a coaching job? “Not at the moment. I see the game in a different way now, working with the TV. Thanks to my experiences in India and Australia, my knowledge is growing,” Del Piero said.

Del Piero also commented on the performances of Cristiano Ronaldo, the Juventus striker. “I am not surprised how good he is doing. Cristiano has the same mentality of Juventus. They want to win every game, ever friendly game, every training game. The result is there to see. Now, they are in toughest phase of the season. Juventus needs the best Ronaldo and Ronaldo needs the best Juventus. The team is really high level but the other teams are not. So they need more competition,” he said.