The former Italy and Juventus star’s last game was the 2-1 elimination final loss to Melbourne Victory.

Del Piero released a statement saying arrivederci to Australia.

“My adventure with Sydney FC is about to be concluded, and, even if it makes me rather sad, because I have had wonderful time here, I have communicated my decision to the club,” he said.

“I’m really grateful for the last two years and for the club’s request for me to remain and with whom, I am happy to explore new opportunities to continue our relationship.”

Sydney chairman Scott Barlow thanked Del Piero for his services to the club. The Italian has also been an impressive ambassador for the A-League both in Australia and overseas.

“Today is bittersweet,” Barlow said in a statement. “While we would have liked to see Alessandro remain at Sydney, his decision now allows us to further our discussions about some exciting new opportunities for our ongoing relationship and to build on the legacy that has been started.”

Del Piero, 39, scored 24 goals for Sydney FC but his contribution to the game as a whole was much greater.

While stars have come and gone from the A-League, Del Piero is a bona fide worldwide legend and World Cup winner.

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