Italian icon Alessandro Del Piero discusses his love of Oasis and his friendship with Noel Gallagher.
Last Updated: 14/06/10 5:40pm
Italian legend Alessandro Del Piero is a footballing icon, known for his skill, finesse and flair.
The likes of Brazilian hero Pele have sung the praises of the now 35-year-old and he was listed by Fifa among the greatest players of the last century.
Such performances have seen the likes of superstar Ronaldinho list Del Piero as an idol, but who inspires the man from Conegliano?
It may come as a surprise to hear that English rock band Oasis, who have released 'Time Flies', a singles collection, are heroes despite their split.
Noel Gallagher can even be classed as a friend and the staunch Manchester City fan was in Dortmund when Del Piero scored to secure a 2-0 semi-final victory over Germany en route to winning the World Cup in 2006.
Footballers stand on a pedestal for many of us mere mortals and so it is fascinating to hear that they too have those who they adore.
Juventus striker Del Piero said: "My relationship with Oasis came about pretty naturally.
"When I first met them I reacted like a kid. Since then they are at the centre of a lot of memories for me."
'Time Flies' is out now and is the complete singles collection celebrating the work of Oasis from 1994 to 2009.