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Andrea Pirlo is an Italian professional footballer who bets American club New York City FC and the Italy national team. Pirlo is usually deployed as a deep-lying playmaker in midfield for both his club and national sides, and he is commonly regarded as among the greatest ever exponents of this position, due to his vision, ball control, creativity and passing ability; he is also a free-kick specialist.
Pirlo began his club career as an attacking midfielder with his home-town side Brescia, where he later on helped the team to win the Serie B title and get Serie A promotion in 1997. His promising performances resulted in a relocate to Internazionale in 1998, however he struggled to acquire playing time at his new club, due to his lack of rate, as well as heavy competitors with other players in his position, and was subsequently sent on loan in 1999. Regardless of successful spells with Reggina, and Brescia once again, Pirlo was still unable to burglarize Inter’s starting line-up, and was offered to cross-city competitors Milan in 2001. At Milan, manager Carlo Ancelotti chose 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 mastered his new function, and soon turned into a world-class midfielder, playing an essential function in Milan’s subsequent successes, as he won 2 UEFA Champions Leagues (2003 and 2007), 2 UEFA Super Cups (2003 and 2007), 2 Serie A titles (2004 and 2011), a FIFA Club World Cup (2007), a Supercoppa Italiana (2004), and a Coppa Italia (2003) with the club. 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 2 Supercoppa Italiana titles (2012 and 2013), and a Coppa Italia (2015). After playing in Italy for over 20 seasons, Pirlo signed up with MLS growth side New York City FC in 2015, assisting the team to reach the playoffs in his second season.
At worldwide level, Pirlo is the fourth-most capped player in the history of the Italian national team with 116 caps. He has actually 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 competition. He joined the Italian senior side in September 2002 and captained the Olympic team to a bronze medal in the 2004 Olympics. Later on, he contributed in their victory in the 2006 FIFA World Cup. He was named Man of the Match three times, including the last, more than any other player in the competition, and ultimately won the Bronze Ball (granted to the third best player of the tournament) also being chosen to the Team of the Tournament. He was also elected as part of the UEFA Euro 2012 Team of the Tournament, after leading Italy to the last, winning three Man of the Match awards in the process, the most of any player together with Andrés Iniesta. He has actually also represented the Italian senior side at the 2004 and 2008 UEFA European Championships, the 2010 and 2014 FIFA World Cups, and the 2009 and 2013 FIFA Confederations Cups, completing third in the latter edition in Brazil, where he was also elected to the Team of the Tournament.
Pirlo can be found in third, second, 4th, and third twice more in the IFFHS World Playmaker of the Year awards in 2006, 2007, 2012, 2013, and 2015, respectively. He put fourth in the 2012 UEFA Best Player in Europe Award, and seventh in the 2015 edition. He positioned 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. In 2012, 2013, and 2014, Pirlo was also chosen as Serie A Footballer of the Year, and was also named as part of the Serie A team of the Year. After assisting Juventus to the 2015 UEFA Champions League Final, he was named to the squad of the season. In 2012, Pirlo was named the 8th best footballer in the World by The Guardian, and in 2013, Bloomberg ranked him the 5th best player in Europe. In 2015, France Football rated him as one of the 10 best footballers in the world who are over the age of 36.