Italian soccer great Alessandro Del Piero has revealed that he is an owner of a small soccer club based in Los Angeles LA10.
The Fifa World Cup winner initially kept his involvement in LA10 FC private, but has decided to go public after the team went undefeated this season to gain promotion to the highest level of the United Premier Soccer League (UPSL), a semi-professional organization.
The former Juventus striker, 44, invested in the club in partnership with Edge Americas Sports, of which he is a co-founder.
Del Piero, who helped Juventus to six Serie A titles and the 1996 Uefa Champions League during nearly 20 years with the club, named LA10 FC after his number ten shirt. The team also plays in a black and white kit similar to that of the reigning Italian champions.
‘After a period of anonymity (you know me, I like privacy), I decided to share this beautiful experience and give credit to the entire team for the amazing results they’ve achieved,’ Del Piero wrote on his website.
Del Piero is among a growing number of former soccer stars to invest in a team. Ex-England captain David Beckham is an owner of Inter Miami, who are expected to join Major League Soccer (MLS) in 2020, while Brazilian legend Ronaldo Nazario last year completed his purchase of La Liga side Real Valladolid for €30 million.