Del Piero named Sydney's best
Alessandro Del Piero has capped off a stellar Hyundai A-League debut season by claiming the 2012/13 Sydney FC Player of the Year award.
Alessandro Del Piero has capped off a stellar Hyundai A-League debut season by claiming the 2012/13 Sydney FC Player of the Year award
Del Piero won Sydney's top award, as well as the Sydney FC Members Award and the 2012/13 Golden Boot. It was a fitting end to his first Sydney FC campaign that saw the superstar elevate the A-League to new heights across the board.
The marquee striker played a major role in increasing attendances, television audiences and media interest across the entire Hyundai with Sydney FC averaging 18,637 fans at home matches as well as leading the A-League in TV figures and media exposure for sponsors.
On the field Del Piero was dominant, notching 14 goals and five assists, thrilling crowds with not just his presence but his performances on the pitch.
Del Piero polled 132 votes to nudge out Rhyan Grant (119) while Terry Antonis (67), Vedran Janjetovic (63) and Yairo Yau (55) rounded out the top five.
While Del Piero rightfully grabbed the plaudits, Grant was also rewarded for a tremendous breakout season by claiming the Sydney FC A-League Players- Player of the Year award.
The 22-year-old played 25 games, claiming two goals and two assists, showing his value to the Sydney FC team while playing as a right back, left back, central defender, right midfielder and central midfielder.
His deeds saw him finish a very close second to Del Piero in the main award but they did not go un-noticed by his team mates, who voted him the most valuable player of the 2012/13 season.