Del Piero set for 600th appearance

Juventus captain will make his 600th appearance for the club if he takes to the field at the San Siro against AC Milan on Sunday.

Of the currently active players in Italy, the 34-year-old is third on the list of appearances for a single club behind Milan's Paolo Maldini and Javier Zanetti of Inter Milan. Zanetti has played 641 matches for Inter while Maldini has racked up an incredible 895 appearances for Milan.

It has been a record-breaking season for Del Piero, who also struck his 250th goal for the club back in December, putting him third on the all-time list of goalscorers for a single club. This landmark would be the latest in a glittering career that began back in 1993 after Del Piero signed for the Old Lady of Turin from Padova.

He made his debut as a substitute for Fabrizio Ravanelli on 19 September of that year against Reggina. His arrival at the club also saw Juve embark on a period of domination in Italy as they won their first Serie A title for eight years in his first season at the club.

Since then he has gone on to win five Serie A titles, although that would have been seven had Juve not been stripped of their 2005 and 2006 crowns for match-fixing. He also won the UEFA Champions League in 1996 and the Coppa Italia the year before that, while with Italy he was part of the FIFA World Cup™-winning squad in Germany in 2006 and the team that lost to France in the UEFA EURO 2000 final.