Andrea Pirlo will be remembered as one of the best footballers of the 21st century – and undoubtedly one of the most popular too.
Pirlo won six Serie A titles, two Champions Leagues, two Coppa Italias and the World Cup during an incredible career, but he will be remembered equally as much for his style both on and off the pitch.
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 over the years.
Top marks for bravery from Arsenal’s goalscorer.
Are they actually improving under Unai Emery?
The latest in a long line of Brazilian recruits.
No prizes for getting No.1.
Who gets the best value out of their transfers?
A wonderful sight to behold.
One of Man Utd’s great sliding doors moments.
There’s a lot of nonsense.
“This is real football, not the Primera División.”
Cast your mind back to 1997-98.