Sydney FC have announced the signing of Alessandro Del Piero, in a marquee deal for Australian football.
To grab the signature of the World Cup winner, the Australian outfit had to fight off a last minute bid from Liverpool.
The Reds were also linked with free agent Michael Owen who recently penned a deal to sign for Stoke City, following their failure to bolster their attacking options on deadline day.
Sydney FC chief executive, Tony Pignata acknowledged Liverpool’s bid in an interview with Fox Sports Australia, “Liverpool have come in and they’re a big club there’s no denying that.
“But I think the attraction of Australia might sway us.”
This interview coming before the 37 year old completed his two year deal with the A League side, estimated to be worth £1.2 million per year.
At a Tuesday press conference in Turin Del Piero stated, “I am extremely happy to joining Sydney FC.
“This is a very big moment for me because I want to continue my career in a new part of the world where I can make a major contribution and help grow the game I love.”