Juventus Legend Alessandro Del Piero Jokes About Painful Kidney Stones Ordeal

Alessandro Del Piero
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Legendary Italian forward Alessandro Del Piero has revealed on Instagram that he's been in a Los Angeles hospital to have a kidney stone removed.

Del Piero, a Champions League winner during a stellar 19-year career at Juventus, was recently admitted to California's UCLA Emergency Department to remove the object.

However, after an uncomfortable-sounding ordeal, it looks as if the striker is recovering and in good spirits.

Del Piero confirmed that he was recuperating to his Instagram followers through a light-hearted post, in which he explained just how sore he was.

The post in question featured two pictures of Del Piero in a hospital bed, with medical equipment attached to him, as well as a protective face mask - which is mandatory in public spaces as California battles the coronavirus pandemic.

'I still can't believe that a tiny 3mm object could hurt so much!' read his caption, with the second picture seeing Del Piero hold up three fingers, presumably to corroborate the kidney stone's length.

Del Piero, who played for Sydney FC and India's Delhi Dynamos after leaving La Vecchia Signora, is currently quarantining in Los Angeles, where his No. 10 Restaurant is based.

Both he and his restaurant have played an active part in charitable efforts to help frontline health workers battle against the coronavirus, with pictures on Instagram showing the delivery of meals to the Cedars-Sinai hospital, as well Los Angeles' Children's Hospital.

While Del Piero appears to have spent much of the rest of quarantine playing golf, spending time with his family and rewatching his old goals, he also found time to weigh in on whether Serie A ought to be resumed after its suspension.

Speaking with CNN Sport's Amanda Davies on Instagram Live, the forward, whose former club Juventus are currently in pole position for a ninth successive Scudetto, expressed his hope that the competition would not be voided.

"I really hope there will be a way to finish the league properly," said Del Piero. "Players need to be aware they might have to play longer ... to July and August."