One of the best and most popular footballers of the 21st century celebrates his birthday today as Andrea Pirlo turns 38.
Pirlo is one of the most distinctive players in the world thanks to his graceful style, trademark aesthetic, and an illustrious career with AC Milan, Juventus and Italy.
During his career the midfielder has won six Serie A titles, two Champions Leagues, two Coppa Italias and the World Cup. And unlike many of his contemporaries, Pirlo is yet to retire as he continues to play for New York City in Major League Soccer.
As someone who once described pre-match warm-ups as “nothing but masturbation for conditioning coaches”, Pirlo has always been reliable for a good quote or two.
But we’ve collated some of the best things ever said about the Italian, with legends of the game including Gianluigi Buffon, Xavi and Michel Platini paying tribute to his brilliance over the years.
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It was a brilliant nine years at Chelsea.
Everyone thought he’d be a world beater.
Expecting 100% from you Villans out there.
Paul Pogba was on top form against Stoke on Monday
Has your driving instructor scored for Spurs?
Claude Puel soon turned it around at Leicester.
These are mightily impressive.
The Ox is justifying his decision to leave Arsenal
We all know who’s number one.