Former Juventus and Italy star Alessandro Del Piero has opened up about how he very nearly joined Celtic back in 2012.

Del Piero made a staggering 738 appearances in his career, scoring 315 goals along the way. He’s a World Cup winner, taking the trophy with Italy in 2006, and he also won over 15 major titles with Juventus.

The Serie A legend (not a term used lightly) sat down with Gazzetta dello Sport for an exclusive interview and discussed the time he left the Turin giants.

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Speaking to the Italian media outlet, Del Piero said:

When I left Juventus I had the chance to join Celtic but I rejected their offer because I didn’t want to play in Europe for another team.

I had already decided to leave the Continent. In the following season Juve and Celtic met in the Champions League and I thought: ‘Lucky I didn’t join them!’

Despite the fact the now 43-year-old would have been 37 at the time, his footballing genius and experience would have been an asset to any side at the time.

Del Piero would have only added to the long list of top drawer players to have graced Parkhead, but this time he was one that got away.

Yes, no brainer

No, I don't like football