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Andrea Pirlo is an Italian professional footballer who plays for American club New York City FC and the Italy national team. Pirlo is generally released as a deep-lying playmaker in midfield for both his club and national sides, and he is commonly considered as among the greatest ever exponents of this position, due to his vision, ball control, imagination and passing ability; he is also a free-kick expert.
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 acquire Serie A promotion in 1997. His appealing performances resulted in a relocate to Internazionale in 1998, but he struggled to gain playing time at his new club, due to his absence of pace, along with heavy competition with other players in his position, and was consequently sent on loan in 1999. In spite of successful spells with Reggina, and Brescia once again, Pirlo was still not able to burglarize 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 mastered his brand-new role, and soon became a first-rate midfielder, playing a key role in Milan’s subsequent successes, as he won two UEFA Champions Leagues (2003 and 2007), 2 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. After signing up with Juventus on a free transfer in 2011, who had gone trophyless since 2003, he added 4 more Serie A titles (2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015), which he won consecutively, in addition to two 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 global 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 groups 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 was instrumental in their victory in the 2006 FIFA World Cup. He was named Man of the Match 3 times, including the last, more than other player in the competition, and ultimately won the Bronze Ball (granted to the third best player of the competition) 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 final, winning 3 Man of the Match awards while doing so, 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, ending up third in the latter edition in Brazil, where he was also chosen to the Team of the Tournament.
Pirlo was available in third, second, fourth, and third two times more in the IFFHS World Playmaker of the Year awards in 2006, 2007, 2012, 2013, and 2015, respectively. He placed fourth in the 2012 UEFA Best Player in Europe Award, and seventh in the 2015 edition. He put 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 elected as Serie A Footballer of the Year, and was also named as part of the Serie A team of the Year. After helping Juventus to the 2015 UEFA Champions League Final, he was named to the team of the season. In 2012, Pirlo was named the 8th best footballer worldwide by The Guardian, and in 2013, Bloomberg ranked him the 5th best player in Europe. In 2015, France Football ranked him as one of the 10 best footballers on the planet who are over the age of 36.