Italian champions Juventus have signed off the 2011-12 season with a 3-1 victory over Atalanta Bergamo to complete an unbelievable undefeated term.
Luca Marrone put Juve ahead on 10 minutes, before the departing veteran Alessandro Del Piero made it 2-0 on 28 minutes in his Serie A farewell.
Stephan Lichtsteiner put the ball in his own net on 83 minutes, before Andrea Barzagli netted a late penalty to round out the triumph and an unbeaten season which left boss Antonio Conte beaming with joy.
“We’ve had a fantastic championship season, crowning it with the Scudetto and a record which will go down in history,” said Conte. “Others can only try and equal our feat.”
As for Del Piero, Conte added: “We all felt emotional. Alex is a great champion and will be forever remembered as an indelible part of Juve’s history.
“I’m moved for him and honouring everything with the Scudetto is extraordinary.”
Meanwhile, Del Piero said: “It’s been a moving day. I’ll always keep these moments with me and I’ll never stop thanking my fans. Of course, there’s a bit of sadness, but I could not have wished for a better farewell.”
“What I saw in the supporters’ eyes was wonderful. There’s a unique rapport between us, for what we’ve gone through over the years, also in the most critical moment of the club’s history. Those who have always played for the same team gain people’s gratitude. I want to enjoy this moment.”