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.
Where does Ronald Koeman rank?
Does it work as motivation for his players?
Lots of teams are ruing the absence of Aston Villa
You’ve got 15 minutes. You’re going to need them.
Plus the worst coin toss you’ll ever see.
The perfect goal must include moments of comedy.
How very Dele Alli.
Kevin De Bruyne was at it again against Burnley.
Jose Mourinho was unsurprisingly not a happy man.