Watching Andrea Pirlo in action was simply a spectacle to behold. He won everything possible during his distinguished career lasting 22 years and has cemented an unsurpassable legacy amongst the gods of Italian football folklore.
It’s like witnessing an artist at work. He’s a visionary with an exceptional passing range and each teammate relied on him to control the tempo of the game and orchestrate the match with his composure under stressful circumstances.
Andrea Pirlo overcame adversity at Inter Milan to seek redemption against his critics in the most spectacular fashion. He quickly transformed himself from an overhyped teenage prodigy into one of the finest midfielders of his generation.
He was the lifeblood of an AC Milan outfit which achieved an abundance of success under the tutelage of Carlo Ancelotti and he transferred his class into his next challenge with Juventus.
Pirlo finished his career with 17 major trophies at club level, but although he won the UEFA Champions League on two occasions, his proudest achievement was undoubtedly winning the FIFA World Cup with Italy in 2006.
Only four players have amassed more caps for the Italian National Team than Andrea Pirlo and his most memorable moment for the Azzurri was surely his audacious chip beyond Joe Hart at Euro 2012.
It was potentially his finest hour in an Italian shirt as he manipulated possession and kept a cool-head in an intense clash against The Three Lions, and to perform such an outrageous piece of skill under the pressure of a penalty shoot-out at a major tournament epitomized his unflappable poise.
“Pirlo is a silent leader. He speaks with his feet.” This quote from Marcelo Lippi perfectly defines Andrea Pirlo. He was originally frustrated with his teammates at AC Milan for failing to pass to him, but it quickly became clear that his alertness to danger made him capable of receiving the ball under pressure and distributing it into a more prosperous position.
Winning 6 Italian Serie A titles, 2 UEFA Champions Leagues, 2 Coppa Italia’s and finally the FIFA World Cup with Italy; Pirlo was one of the most decorated players of his generation. The major trophies was a testament to his ability and it’s a shame that we’ll never witness him in action at the highest level ever again, but we’ll savour the memories.
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