8th of November, 1998, was the fateful day that sent tons of Juventus fans into tears. It was the day Alex Del Piero picked up a career threatening injury. It was at the Friuli in Udine where Juventus locked horns against Udinese in a Serie A fixture. Del Piero was just coming off his best season yet, where he finished as Capocannoniere and scored 10 goals in the Champions League.

As Il Pinturicchio attempted to go for goal from an audacious angle, he was challenged by the Udinese defender. He went down and was in clear agony. His left knee was damaged. Del Piero had to be stretchered off and was ruled out for the rest of the season only to make his return to the field on the 4th of August in 1999.

Juventus were leading the table going into the game against Udinese which ended 2-2. With Del Pieroai??i??s loss, Juve were visibly weakened and ended that lackluster season in 6th place. That horrific injury changed the career of one of the greatest attackers the Italian game has ever seen and weai??i??ll all be left with the question of what could have been had Del Piero not suffered that injury? It could be argued that Del Piero has never been the same again.

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