After the 1-0 defeat to Napoli, Alessandro Del Piero went from being an uncharacteristic player to being a scapegoat.
In his first match back, Del Pieros shot and missed a chance to put Italy on the board.
Then he did it again, this time with a cross from the left wing.
The ball bounced away from him and, as he ran towards goal, he went into a slump.
He lost his concentration and the next moment he had a heart attack.
The Italian press has blamed Del Pier, but his manager, Alessio Berlusconi, has made clear that Del Pier was to blame for the match.
“It’s a mistake that has been made, but it was an accident,” he said.
After the match, Del, who had just played a key role in Italy’s 5-0 win over Scotland, said: “I think it’s normal for a player to have a bad game, but the way it happened was completely unexpected.” “
I was trying to find the right solution, but I couldn’t find it.”
After the match, Del, who had just played a key role in Italy’s 5-0 win over Scotland, said: “I think it’s normal for a player to have a bad game, but the way it happened was completely unexpected.”
Del Pier is one of the most recognisable faces in Italian football, with his signature dribbling, his famous “blunder” and his smile.
But he’s also been criticised for a number of sins, including for wearing a mask during the World Cup.
Now, as the nation mourns the loss of a player they consider one of its greatest, it’s easy to forget how tough the loss was.
For some, it was their first glimpse of the depths to which Del Pier’s personality could sink.
For others, it came as a shock.
But even those who have known him for years said they never imagined he would be so depressed.
“There’s no way I would’ve imagined,” said Paolo Di Canio, who coached Del Pier at Milan until 2012.
Del is now hoping to find some kind of solace in a therapist. “
His personality is really difficult to deal with and you can never control it.”
Del is now hoping to find some kind of solace in a therapist.
“As a professional, it would be impossible for me to cope in this way, because I know how hard it is for people like that,” he told the Corriere della Sera newspaper.
But for the players, I hope that this is the first step towards a better future.”