Del Piero's frustrated heir runs out of equipment

Sebastian Giovinco has become a free agent after saying goodbye to Saudi Arabia's Al Hilal. At the age of 19, he was destined to inherit the Juventus '10' ...


There was a time when saying Sebastian Giovinco was automatically thinking of Alessandro del Piero. In Turin they knew that their star had an expiration date and in 2007, with Pinturicchio well into his thirties (he was born on November 9, 1974) and the team in Serie B dotted with Calciopoli, a small midfielder that they nicknamed the Atomic Ant. he debuted with the first team. From his 159 centimeters tall, Giovinco, who is also from Turin by birth, walked since he was 19 years old with the label of heir to the '10' bianconero. Now, 14 years later, it is clear that the suit was too big for him ...

Y is that, Al Hilal has announced that 'Seba' ceases to belong to his team. In this way, the Italian midfielder is, at 34, free and will have to find a new destination to continue his career after arriving in Saudi football in 2019, after four years being one of the MLS stars in the ranks of Toronto FC. In Canada he landed in 2015, at the age of 28, a movement with which he definitively buried the expectation that accompanied him since that Juventus-Bologna in May 2007 in which he assisted Trezeguet in his debut with Vecchia Signora.

Always shine outside of Turin

Before being one of the brightest stars of the North American competition, our protagonist showed in Italy that, labels aside, he was a special player. In his first year in Serie A, Juve sent him to Empoli on loan, where his jar began to spread essences in the Italian elite. Despite the relegation of the team, he plays 35 games that he accompanies with six goals, which is worth the return to the Juventini. There began the troubles of a footballer who has never managed to be a prophet in his land.

Two seasons with ups and downs that end in a transfer to Parma. Of course, in a co-ownership that allowed Juventus to recover him in exchange for 11 million euros in 2012. The 15 goals and 17 assists of the already Italian international did not go unnoticed by Antonio Conte, who asked the board to make an effort. Curiously, that was the summer of Del Piero's goodbye. Everything seemed to finally fall into place. The '10' was leaving and the Atomic Formica was destined to relieve him, but he wore the '12'.

Whether it was a premonition or not, his two and a half seasons in Turin were not as successful as expected and although he still had a long future ahead of him in the elite, Giovinco chose to be attracted by the siren songs of a less competitive football like the one of the MLS. We will see what is the next step that the Turin takes now that he is free of contracts ... and expectations.

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