Del Piero under the microscope again

June 9, 2004
By Simon Evans
LISBON, June 9 (Reuters) - Voted Italy's most popular player in a recent poll, Alessandro Del Piero could be forgiven for showing frustration when asked whether he feels overshadowed by team mate Francesco Totti.

Instead the 29-year-old Del Piero paused, smiled and summoned up the appropriate diplomatic response.

'Totti is Totti and I am Del Piero,' he told a press conference on Wednesday.

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