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Del Piero deal most lucrative in Australia

The contract which lured Alessandro del Piero to Sydney FC is the most lucrative signed in Australian sport and an investment in the future of soccer in the country, club chairman Scott Barlow said on Thursday.

sports Updated: Sep 07, 2012 02:23 IST

The contract which lured Alessandro del Piero to Sydney FC is the most lucrative signed in Australian sport and an investment in the future of soccer in the country, club chairman Scott Barlow said on Thursday.

Del Piero, who was released in May after 19 years at Juventus, said in Turin on Wednesday that he was joining the A-League club in a two-year contract that Australian media reported was worth A$2 million ($2.04 million) a year.

"Alessandro del Piero’s signing is a big moment for this club and, we believe, a historic moment for football in Australia," Barlow told reporters on the pitch at the Sydney Football Stadium.

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“I wouldn’t like to go into the details of the contract," he added. "But this does represent the largest professional sporting contract in Australian history and the numbers that have been discussed aren’t too far off the mark.”