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Andrea Pirlo, Ufficiale OMRI[4][5] (Italian pronunciation: [anˈdrɛ:a 'pi:rlo]; born 19 May 1979) is an Italian retired professional footballer. Pirlo was usually deployed as a deep-lying playmaker in midfield for both his club and national sides and he is widely regarded as one of the greatest ever exponents of this position due to his vision, ball control, creativity and passing ability, as well as for being a free-kick specialist.[6][7][8]

Pirlo began his club career as an attacking midfielder with his home-town side Brescia, where he later helped the team to win the Serie B title and obtain Serie A promotion in 1997. His promising performances led to a move to Internazionale in 1998, but he struggled to gain playing time at his new club due to his lack of pace as well as heavy competition with other players in his position and was subsequently sent on loan in 1999. Despite successful spells with Reggina and Brescia once again, Pirlo was still unable to break into Inter's starting line-up and was sold to cross-city rivals Milan in 2001. At Milan, manager Carlo Ancelotti decided to shift Pirlo in front of the defence as a deep-lying playmaker, which allowed him more time on the ball to orchestrate his team's attacks. Pirlo excelled in his new role and soon developed into a world-class midfielder, playing a key role in Milan's subsequent successes, as he won two UEFA Champions Leagues (2003 and 2007), two UEFA Super Cups (2003 and 2007), two Serie A titles (2004 and 2011), a FIFA Club World Cup (2007), a Supercoppa Italiana (2004) and a Coppa Italia (2003) with the club.[8] After joining Juventus on a free transfer in 2011, who had gone trophyless since 2003, he added four more Serie A titles (2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015), which he won consecutively, as well as two Supercoppa Italiana titles (2012 and 2013) and a Coppa Italia (2015). After playing in Italy for over 20 seasons, Pirlo joined MLS expansion franchise New York City FC in 2015, helping the team to reach the playoffs in his second and third seasons. In November 2017, Pirlo retired at the end of the MLS season.

At international level, Pirlo is the fifth-mostcapped player in the history of the Italian national team with 116 caps between 2002 and 2015. He played for the Italian youth teams at U15, U18 and U21 level, captaining and leading the latter to victory in the 2000 UEFA European Under-21 Championship as the Golden Player and Top Scorer of the tournament. He joined the Italian senior side in September 2002 and captained the Olympic team to a bronze medal in the 2004 Olympics. Later, he was instrumental in their victory in the 2006 FIFA World Cup. He was named Man of the Match three times, including the final, more than any other player in the tournament, and ultimately won the Bronze Ball (awarded to the third best player of the tournament) also being elected to the Team of the Tournament. He was also elected as part of the UEFA Euro 2012Team of the Tournament after leading Italy to the final, winning three Man of the Match awards in the process, the most of any player along with Andrés Iniesta. He has also represented the Italian senior side at the 2004 and 2008UEFA European Championships, the 2010 and 2014FIFA World Cups and the 2009 and 2013FIFA Confederations Cups, finishing third in the latter edition in Brazil, where he was also elected to the Team of the Tournament.

Pirlo came in third, second, fourth and third twice more in the IFFHSWorld Playmaker of the Year awards in 2006, 2007, 2012, 2013 and 2015, respectively.[9] He placed fourth in the 2012 UEFA Best Player in Europe Award[10] and seventh in the 2015 edition.[11] He placed 7th in the 2007 FIFA World Player, 5th in the 2007 Ballon d'Or and 7th in the 2012 FIFA Ballon d'Or award. He was also named as part of the 2006 FIFPro World XI and the 2012 UEFA Team of the Year.[12] In 2012, 2013 and 2014, Pirlo was also elected as Serie A Footballer of the Year and was also named as part of the Serie A team of the Year.[13] After helping Juventus to the 2015 UEFA Champions League Final, he was named to the squad of the season. In 2012, Pirlo was named the eighth best footballer in the World by The Guardian.[14] In 2013, Bloomberg ranked him the fifth best player in Europe.[15] In 2015, France Football rated him as one of the 10 best footballers in the world who are over the age of 36.[16]

Club career[edit]

1994–2001: Early years and realisation of role[edit]

Pirlo was born in Flero, Italy, in the province of Brescia.[17] He began his career with the Flero youth side,[18] later moving to Voluntas,[19] and subsequently joined the youth sector of local club Brescia in 1994, where he initially played predominantly as a supporting forward.[20] In 1995, at the age of 16, Pirlo made his Serie A debut for Brescia against Reggiana, on 21 May, becoming Brescia's youngest player to make an appearance in Serie A. He was promoted by his coach Mircea Lucescu.[21][22][23] The following season, he did not appear with the senior team, although he was able to capture the Torneo di Viareggio with the youth side.[21] After breaking into the Brescia first team during the 1996–97 Serie B season, he helped the club to gain Serie A promotion the following season by winning the Serie B title.[24] He scored his first goal in Serie A during the 1997–98 season, in a 4–0 home win over Vicenza on 19 October 1997.[25]

Due to his performances with Brescia, Pirlo was spotted by Inter coach Mircea Lucescu, who signed the playmaker. Pirlo was unable to break into the first squad permanently, however, and Inter finished eighth in the 1998–99 Serie A campaign.[26] Inter loaned Pirlo to Reggina for the 1999–2000 season, alongside young Inter teammates Roberto Baronio and Mohamed Kallon.[27] After an impressive season,[27] he returned to Inter but was once again unable to break into the first team, making just four league appearances.[26] He spent the second half of the 2000–01 season on loan at his former club, Brescia, where he played alongside his childhood idol, offensive playmaker Roberto Baggio.[28][29][30] As Baggio occupied the attacking midfield role for Brescia, manager Carlo Mazzone made a ground-breaking decision, becoming the first coach to deploy Pirlo as a deep-lying playmaker, rather than as an offensive midfielder, a deeper creative role in which he particularly excelled, due to his long passing ability.[28][31] Despite initially struggling against relegation that season,[32] Brescia would eventually manage a comfortable seventh-place finish in Serie A, also reaching the Coppa Italia quarter-finals, qualifying for the 2001 Intertoto Cup.[33] A notable moment in Pirlo's Brescia career was his long pass which assisted Baggio's late equaliser against Juventus at the Stadio delle Alpi, on 1 April 2001.[34][35]

Milan[edit]

2001–2004: Domestic and European success[edit]

After three seasons on the Inter books, Pirlo was sold to rivals A.C. Milan for 33 billion Italian lire (€17,043,078)[36] on 30 June 2001, the last day of 2000–01 financial year.[37] The transfer fee was partially funded by the movement of Dražen Brnčić in the opposite direction for an undisclosed fee. In the same window Inter swapped Cristian Brocchi (25 billion lire;[38] €12.9 million) for Guly (undisclosed fee; €8.537 million profit)[39] and Matteo Bogani for Paolo Ginestra. The deals were later reported by the Italian press to have been undertaken to create "false profit" by inflating the players' values in the transfer fees in the swap deal. The exchange involving Ginestra and Bogani created an approximate €3.5 million "profit" for both clubs, but this actually manifested itself in terms of useless registration rights.[40][41]

It was at Milan, in particular under manager Carlo Ancelotti, where Pirlo made big strides in developing into a world class player, and one of the best deep-lying playmakers and set-piece specialists in the world, as he went on to achieve notable domestic and international success during his time with the club. Pirlo later recalled the period he has spent in Milan with Ancelotti: "He changed my career, putting me in front of the defence. We shared some unforgettable moments. We had a magnificent past together."[42] After Mazzone's pioneering decision to move Pirlo into a deep-seated playmaking role with Brescia during the previous season,[43] Milan managers Fatih Terim and, in particular, Carlo Ancelotti further developed this role for him at Milan.[31] In Ancelotti's 4–3–1–2 and 4–3–2–1 formations, Pirlo was deployed as a deep-lying playmaker in front of the defence,[44] which allowed him to play alongside other talented attacking midfielders, such as Rivaldo, Rui Costa and eventually Kaká, replacing the gap left by Milan legend Demetrio Albertini in the deep midfield playmaking role. He would become an integral part of the Rossoneri's midfield, forming a formidable partnership with Gennaro Gattuso, as well as with Clarence Seedorf and Massimo Ambrosini, who also supported his playmaking role defensively. Pirlo was given the nickname the metronome during his time at the club, for the way in which he set the team's rhythm.[8][45][46][47]

Pirlo made his Milan debut on 20 September 2001, in a 2–0 win over BATE Borisov in the UEFA Cup, after coming on for Massimo Donati.[48] During his first season with the club, he helped the team to a fourth-place finish UEFA Champions League qualification spot, also reaching the semi-final of the UEFA Cup, the club's best ever result in the competition. On 30 March 2002, he scored his first goal with Milan in a 3–1 home win over Parma, from a free-kick.[49]

Pirlo led Serie A in the 2002–03 season in four categories – passes played (2589), ball possession (123 hours played and 39 minutes), successful balls (661), and successful passes (2093); he averaged almost 90 passes per game throughout the season. During this season, his second with the club, he also managed a career best of 9 goals in Serie A, as Milan finished the league in third place, also winning the Coppa Italia over Roma,[50] and the UEFA Champions League, beating out Italian rivals and 2003 Serie A champions Juventus in the final 3–2 on penalties, following a 0–0 draw after extra-time.[51][52] The following season saw Pirlo win the 2003 UEFA Super Cup with Milan over Porto,[53] although the Rossoneri lost to Juventus on penalties in the 2003 Supercoppa Italiana following a 1–1 draw after extra time; during the match, Pirlo scored on a penalty in extra time, and once again in the shootout.[54] Milan would also miss out on the 2003 Intercontinental Cup, losing out on penalties once again, to Boca Juniors, following a 1–1 draw after extra-time; on this occasion, Pirlo missed his penalty in the shoot-out, after previously setting up Milan's opening goal of the match.[55][56][57] Pirlo would celebrate winning his first Serie A title with Milan during the 2003–04 season however,[58] following up the scudetto with the 2004 Supercoppa Italiana over Lazio,[59] although the club would be eliminated in the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League and the semi-finals of the Coppa Italia.

2004–2006: Struggles[edit]

Milan finished as runners up in Serie A to Juventus in the 2004–05 season. In the 2004–05 Champions League tournament, Pirlo finished as one of the second highest assist providers with four assists,[60] as he helped Milan to reach the final.[61] In the 2005 Champions League Final against Liverpool, on 20 May, Pirlo assisted Paolo Maldini's opening goal, after 50 seconds, from a free-kick, and combined with Kaká before the Brazilian unleashed Hernán Crespo with a long pass for Milan's third goal before halftime. In the second half, however, Liverpool made a three-goal comeback, sending the match into extra time. After a 3–3 deadlock, the match went to penalties, and Milan were defeated by the English side in the shoot-out. Despite Pirlo's performance throughout the competition and in the final, one of the most forgettable incidents of the season was probably his penalty miss during the shoot-out in the final, as his spot kick was saved by Jerzy Dudek.[62][63] Pirlo would later state in his autobiography that the 2005 Champions League Final defeat on penalties was the worst moment of his career, and that he had considered retiring prematurely following the match:[64]

I thought about quitting because, after Istanbul, nothing made sense any more. The 2005 Champions League final simply suffocated me... We’d invented a new disease with multiple symptoms: "Istanbul syndrome". I no longer felt like a player, and that was devastating enough. But even worse, I no longer felt like a man.

— Pirlo, in his autobiography I Think, Therefore I Play, on Milan's defeat to Liverpool in the 2005 UEFA Champions League Final, in Istanbul.[65]

The following season, Milan once again finished in second place behind Juventus in Serie A (before their 30-point deduction due to their involvement in the 2006 Calciopoli scandal), also reaching the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League, only to be defeated by eventual champions, Barcelona,[66] and the quarter-finals of the Coppa Italia. In 2006, Pirlo placed 9th in the Ballon d'Or, which was won by his Italy teammate Fabio Cannavaro,[67] and was elected to the 2006 FIFPro World XI.[12]

2006–2009: Another Champions League title[edit]

Andrea has demonstrated all his great talent and worth. When we played together, everything started with him. He always had the great gift of being able to visualise and anticipate plays before everyone else. His vision, what he can do with the ball, and what he's able to create, make him a true superstar. Andrea has something which you don’t see very often.

— Roberto Baggio on Pirlo in 2007.[29]

Pirlo led Milan in minutes played for the 2006–07 season with 2,782 across 52 appearances, as he went on to win his second UEFA Champions League title with Milan, also helping his team to a fourth-place finish in Serie A, and another Coppa Italia semi-final. In the second leg of the UEFA Champions League semi-final against Manchester United, Pirlo set up Seedorf's goal, as Milan progressed on to the final.[68] In the 2007 Champions League Final in Athens, Pirlo assisted Inzaghi's first goal from a free-kick,[69] helping Milan to defeat Liverpool 2–1, avenging their 2005 final defeat in Istanbul.[70][71] During the 2007–08 season, Pirlo won his second UEFA Super Cup with Milan, assisting Milan's second goal in the final,[72] and winning the Man of the Match award;[73] he also contributed to the club's first ever FIFA World Club Cup title in 2007, once again setting-up Milan's second goal in the final.[74] In October 2007, he was nominated for the 2007 Ballon d'Or, the 2007FIFA World Player of the Year, and the 2007 IFFHSWorld's Best Playmaker Awards, but they were all won by Milan teammate Kaká, as Pirlo placed 5th in the Ballon d'or, 7th in the FIFA World Player of the Year, and 2nd in the World's Best Playmaker Awards.[75][76][77] Despite a strong start, Milan suffered a dip in form during the second half of the season, finishing the league in fifth place, failing to qualify for the UEFA Champions' League;[78] Milan also suffered eliminations in the round of 16 of the UEFA Champions League[79] and the Coppa Italia that season.[80] The following season, Milan managed a second-place finish in Serie A, alongside Juventus, and behind local rivals Inter,[81] whilst they were eliminated in the round of 32 of the UEFA Cup,[79] and the round of 16 of the Coppa Italia.[82]

2009–2011: A second Scudetto and farewell[edit]

After Kaká and Ancelotti left Milan in the summer of 2009,[81]Chelsea tested Milan's resolve by bidding $12 million and Claudio Pizarro for Pirlo. The club rejected the offer and Pirlo was said to be contemplating a transfer request.[83] On 5 August, club owner Silvio Berlusconi decided not to sell Pirlo, who said he was overjoyed and wanted to end his career at Milan.[84] On 21 October 2009, Pirlo scored a notable 30-metre goal in Milan's 3–2 win over Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League; Milan were eventually eliminated in the round of 16.[85] Milan finished the season with a 3rd place in Serie A, and a quarter-final finish in the Coppa Italia under new manager Leonardo.[86]

The following season saw Milan dominate the league. Milan played host to Genoa on 25 September 2010, with Pirlo providing a lifted ball over the top of the defence to set striker Zlatan Ibrahimović free to score the solitary goal of the game.[87] On 2 October, Pirlo scored a 40-yard goal against Parma to give Milan their first away win of the 2010–11 season.[88] On 14 May 2011, Pirlo appeared in his last match for Milan, coming on as a half-time substitute for Massimo Ambrosini as the club celebrated their Serie A title with a 4–1 victory over Cagliari.[89] Four days later, Pirlo confirmed that he would be leaving Milan at the end of the 2010–11 season, after a mutual decision not to renew his contract.[90] In his last season in Milan, Pirlo appeared in the league just 17 times under manager Massimiliano Allegri, notching just one goal and three assists, winning his second Serie A title with Milan that season, also reaching the round of 16 in the Champions League, and in the Coppa Italia semi-final.[91]

In total with Milan, Pirlo made 401 appearances, scoring 41 goals.[92] With the club, he won two Serie A titles in 2004 and 2011, as well as two Champions League titles in 2003 and 2007, also reaching the final in 2005; he also won a Coppa Italia in 2003, a Supercoppa Italiana in 2004, and two UEFA Super Cups in 2003 and 2007, as well as playing a key role in Milan's first ever FIFA World Club Cup title in 2007. During this period, Milan also finished as runners up in Serie A in the 2004–05 and the 2005–06 seasons, as well as finishing second on penalties in the 2003 Supercoppa Italiana, and in the 2003 Intercontinental Cup.[8]

Juventus[edit]

When Andrea told me that he was joining us, the first thing I thought was: "God exists". A player of his level and ability, not to mention that he was free, I think it was the signing of the century!

— Gianluigi Buffon on Pirlo's transfer to Juventus in 2011.[93]

2011–12 season[edit]

Following Pirlo's departure from Milan in 2011, Juventus signed him on a free transfer on a contract until 2014.[94] His debut with Juventus was in a friendly match against Sporting Clube de Portugal, which they lost 2–1. His first competitive match with Juventus was the Serie A opening match against Parma at home, in which tallied two assists, for Stephan Lichtsteiner and Claudio Marchisio, and completed 110 passes in a 4–1 victory.[95][96]Antonio Conte played him alongside younger midfielders Marchisio and new signing Arturo Vidal in a three-man midfield, which allowed Pirlo to function creatively as a deep-lying playmaker, while Marchisio and Vidal supported him defensively.[95][97] Pirlo's first goal for Juventus was a free kick against Catania on 18 February 2012 securing a 3–1 victory for Juventus and put the club back at the top of the Serie A table, above his former side Milan.[98] On 18 March, Pirlo scored in a 5–0 demolition of Fiorentina and after the game dedicated the win to Fabrice Muamba, who suffered a cardiac arrest playing for Bolton Wanderers during a match against Tottenham Hotspur the same day.[99][100]

Pirlo finished the season by winning the 2011–12 Serie A title, after helping Juventus to secure a 2–0 victory over Cagliari.[101] He provided the most assists in the Serie A that season, with 13,[102] and he also found the back of the net three times in the league.[95] Pirlo created over 100 chances and completed 2643 passes that season, with an 87% pass completion rate, completing 500 more passes than any other player in Serie A; the only player in the world to have completed more passes than him that season was Xavi.[95][103] Due to his performances throughout the season, and his key role in leading Juventus to their first Serie A title in nine years, he was named to the "Serie A Team of the Year", along with his Juventus midfielder partner Arturo Vidal.[104] Pirlo and Juventus also finished runners up to Napoli in the Coppa Italia final that season.[105] Pirlo's fine form in the 2011–12 season, in which he led Juventus to the league title, the Supercoppa Italiana and Coppa Italia Final, as well as leading Italy to the final of Euro 2012, saw him nominated for the 2012 UEFA Best Player in Europe Award, in which he finished 4th.[10] He was also elected to be part of the ESM 2012 Team of the Year and the 2012 UEFA Team of the Year.

2012–13 season[edit]

Pirlo played in the 2012 Supercoppa Italiana in Beijing on 11 August 2012 against Napoli, helping Juventus to a 4–2 win in extra time.[106] Pirlo curled in a free-kick to seal a 2–0 defeat of Parma on the opening day of the new Serie A season. The goal caused much controversy, as the Parma players protested that it had not gone over the line, and replays proved inconclusive.[107] In the following league match against Udinese on 2 September, Pirlo helped to win a penalty and assisted Sebastian Giovinco's second goal of the match, as Juventus went on to defeat the home side 4–1.[108] On 29 September, Pirlo opened the scoring when he dispatched a trade mark free kick to send Juventus on their way to a 4–1 defeat of Roma.[109] Pirlo was nominated for the 2012 FIFA Ballon d'Or, along with Juventus and Italy teammate Gianluigi Buffon, following their performances throughout the calendar year.[110] Pirlo provided three assists for Juventus during the Group Stage, helping them to top their group undefeated and advance to the knockout stages for first time since the 2008–09 tournament.[111] Pirlo was also elected the 2012 Serie A Footballer of the Year, as well as the best midfielder of the season, also winning the 2012 Guerin d'Oro. He was named as part of the 2012 Serie A team of the Year for his performances.[13] Pirlo also won the Pallone Azzurro, given to the best player of the year in the Italian National Team,[112] as well as placing fourth in the IFFHS World's Best Playmaker of the Year Award,[113] and seventh in the FIFA Ballon d'Or.[114] Pirlo and Juventus retained their Serie A title that season. Juventus were, however, eliminated by Bayern Munich in the quarter finals of the UEFA Champions League, and in the semi finals of the Coppa Italia by Lazio; both of these teams were the winners of these respective competitions.[115][116]

2013–14 season[edit]

Pirlo featured in Juventus's 4–0 win against Lazio in the 2013 Supercoppa Italiana, on 18 August 2013, at the Stadio Olimpico, in Rome. Pirlo helped to create Paul Pogba's opening goal in the twenty-third minute of play.[117] Pirlo was the only Italian player to be nominated for the 2013 FIFA Ballon d'Or, and was also nominated for the 2013 FIFPro World XI.[118] On 1 December, Pirlo sustained a knee-ligament injury which would keep him off the field for over a month.[119] On 12 January 2014, Pirlo signed a new contract with Juventus, which will keep him at the club until 2016.[120] On 27 January, Pirlo was named Serie A Footballer of the Year for a second consecutive time, and was once again included in the Serie A Team of the Year.[121] Juventus won their 30th league title that season with a record 102 points and 33 victories; this was also their third consecutive title since Pirlo's arrival. Juventus also reached the quarter-finals of the Coppa Italia, losing out to Roma. The Turin club suffered a group stage elimination in the Champions League, however, but managed a semi-final finish in the Europa League, losing out to Benfica, with Pirlo scoring a match winning goal from a free kick in the round of 16 against Fiorentina.[122] Pirlo was chosen to be part of the 2013–14 Europa League Team of the Season, for his performances in the competition.[123]

2014–15 season[edit]

On 11 June 2014, Pirlo signed a new contract keeping him at Juventus until 2016.[124] Pirlo made his 100th league appearance for Juventus in a 3–2 home win over Roma on 5 October 2014.[125] On 1 November, Pirlo scored Juventus's opening goal from a free kick in a 2–0 win over Empoli, on their 117th anniversary; this was his 26th goal from a free kick in Serie A, putting him two goals behind the all-time record holder, Siniša Mihajlović.[126] On 4 November, Pirlo scored once again from a trademark, curling direct free-kick in a 3–2 home win over Olympiakos in a group-stage Champions League fixture.[127] This was Pirlo's 100th appearance in the UEFA Champions League, marking the occasion with his first Champions League goal with Juventus.[128] On 15 December 2014, Pirlo was named the Serie A Footballer of the Year for the third time in his career, and for the third consecutive year since his arrival at Juventus; he was also named part of the 2014 Serie A Team of the Year.[129] In Juventus's 2–1 home victory over Borussia Dortmund in the round of 16 of the UEFA Champions League, on 24 February 2015, Pirlo left the pitch during the first half of the match, after injuring his right calf, ruling him out for three weeks.[130] Pirlo was called up on 11 April 2015 against Parma following his injury.[131] He returned to the starting line-up on 14 April 2015, helping Álvaro Morata to win a penalty which was later converted by Vidal in a 1–0 victory over Monaco at the Juventus Stadium, in the first leg of the Champions League quarter-finals; he was replaced by Andrea Barzagli during the second half.[132] On 26 April, Pirlo scored from a free-kick in a 2–1 away defeat to local rivals Torino in the "Derby di Torino"; this was his 28th goal in Serie A from a free-kick, which put him level with Siniša Mihajlović as the player with the most goals from free-kicks in Serie A history.[133] On 20 May, Pirlo played a part in both of Juventus's goals as the Turin club defeated Lazio 2–1 at the Stadio Olimpico in the 2015 Coppa Italia Final.[134] On 6 June 2015, Pirlo played the entirety of the 2015 UEFA Champions League Final as Juventus were defeated 3–1 by Barcelona at Berlin's Olympiastadion;[135] this was the final game of his Juventus career. Pirlo was named to the 2014–15 UEFA Champions League Squad of the season for his performances.[136]

In total, he made 164 appearances for Juventus in all competitions, scoring 19 goals (15 of which were scored from free-kicks), also providing 35 assists; 16 of his goals came in Serie A, from 119 appearances. During his four seasons in Turin, he won four Serie A titles, a Coppa Italia, and two Supercoppe Italiane, also reaching the fourth Champions League final of his career during his final season with the club. Over 20 seasons in Italy, he made 493 appearances in Serie A.[137]

New York City[edit]

2015 season[edit]

On 6 July 2015, it was announced that Pirlo had completed a move to MLS expansion franchise New York City FC as their third Designated Player.[137][138][139] In doing so, he became the highest paid Italian player in all leagues with an $8 million salary,[140] until Graziano Pellè overtook him after moving to Chinese club Shandong Luneng the following year.[141][142] Pirlo made his debut with the club on 26 July 2015 at Yankee Stadium in New York against Orlando City, coming on as a substitute in the 56th minute; he was involved in his team's third and fourth goals and was booked in the 88th minute as New York won the match 5–3.[143] He made his first start for New York on 1 August, in a 2–3 home defeat to the Montreal Impact.[144] On 12 August, it was announced that Pirlo had placed seventh in the 2015 UEFA Best Player in Europe.[11] On 13 August he set up a goal for David Villa in a 3–1 home win over D.C. United.[145]

Pirlo playing for Milan in 2008.
Pirlo playing for Juventus in 2014
Pirlo with New York City FC in 2017.

Andrea Pirlo Biography

Andrea Pirlo is an Italian professional football player. Check out this biography to know about his childhood, family life, achievements and fun facts about him. Famous as: Football Player

Andrea Pirlo is an Italian professional football player, a key figure in the country’s successful 2006 World Cup campaign. A set piece and penalty-kick specialist, he is widely considered as one of the greatest deep-lying playmakers in midfield of all time. He started his club career as an attacking midfielder but often failed to make the starting XI in various clubs he played for, primarily due to his lack of pace. During his time at Brescia, manager Carlo Mazzone took the innovative decision of utilizing Pirlo as a deep-lying playmaker. He thrived in the new position. His outstanding, almost supernatural skill at passing was on full display as he was instrumental in his future team A.C. Milan dominating both the Italian domestic football and the European circuit. After becoming a free agent in 2011, he signed to Juventus and had an equally efficacious run with them. As a member of the Italian national team, he is the fourth-most capped player with 116 appearances. He was the captain of the bronze-medal-winning Italian contingent at the 2004 Summer Olympics. He currently plays for ‘New York City FC’ in the US.

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Childhood & Early Life

  • Andrea Pirlo was born on May 19, 1979, in Flero, a commune in the province of Brescia, in Lombardy, Italy to parents Luigi and Lidia. He has a brother named Ivan.
  • Pirlo was a football protégé. Growing up, he used to play with his brother and friends on the sand in the seaside resort Viareggio in Tuscany, where his family went for holidays.
  • He drew international attention for the first time at 13, when he and his team, ‘Voluntas Brescia U15s’, participated in the 1992 ‘Dana Cup’. They made it to the semi-finals before being knocked out.

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Club Career

  • Signed to Brescia, Andrea Pirlo played his first ‘Serie A’ game against Reggiana on May 21, 1995, at the age of 16. His game made an impression on the ‘Inter Milan’ coach Mircea Lucescu, who brought him into his squad. His stint with the club was not especially productive; he was seen on the field sporadically. However, Inter briefly loaned him to Reggina for the 1999-2000 season, and that turned out to be an impressive outing.
  • In the next season, he was loaned out yet again and this time to his former club Brescia. Their manager, Carlo Mazzone, was the first coach to put him in front of the defence. Playing beside his childhood idol Roberto Baggio, he would guide the team to a respectable seventh-place finish in the league.
  • He was bought by A.C. Milan from Inter after being in the latter’s books for three seasons. There, he met the team’s manager Carlo Ancelotti who would guide his career towards a new trajectory that would eventually make him a world class player. He debuted for the team on September 20, 2001 against the Belarusian team ‘BATE Borisov’ in the UEFA Cup. Milan won the match 2-0.
  • Pirlo served as a central midfielder for Milan for the next decade, winning a ‘Coppa Italia’ (2003), a ‘Supercoppa Italiana’ (2004), a ‘FIFA Club World Cup’ (2007), two ‘Serie A ‘titles (2004 and 2011), two ‘UEFA Champions Leagues’ (2003 and 2007), and two ‘UEFA Super Cups’ (2003 and 2007). He appeared for the club in 401 matches and scored 41 goals.
  • In 2011, he left Milan after coming to a mutual decision with the club. He joined Juventus on a free transfer and debuted in Serie A with a 4-1 victory against Parma.
  • Before Pirlo came to Juventus, the team had been trophy-less since 2003. He brought four Serie A titles (2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015), two Supercoppa Italiana titles (2012 and 2013), and a Coppa Italia (2015) to the club. He played in 164 matches for them and scored 19 goals.
  • In 2015, he signed with ‘New York City FC’, a team that is part of ‘Major League Soccer’, where he has been till date.