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Andrea Pirlo Biography

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Andrea Pirlo is indeed one of the greatest players not in his country, but all over the world. He will be always remembered as one of the legendary footballers. In the following article, you would read the detailed Andrea Pirlo biography.

Born on 19 May 1979 in Flero, Italy, in the province of Brescia, Andrea Pirlo is  an Italian professional football coach and former player. Throughout his professional life, he was renowned for his brilliant performances and contributions to his teamd.

After so many successful years at the club and international levels, he got retired in 2017 and since then he began his career as a coach, to be able to transfer his football knowledge to the upcoming generation of Azzurri. The greatest deep-lying playmakers of all time has gone through a long journey to stand now as a head coach of his former club, Juventus. let's move forward to have an in-depth look at the personal and professional life of Andrea Pirlo. 

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All You Need to Know About Andrea Pirlo Biography

He was born in Flero, a commune in the northern part of Italy. He had grown up in a wealthy family, his father was Luigi Pirlo and his mother was Livia Gatta. He has two brothers named Ivan and Silvia. He had started his football, not as a profession and in need of money, if he had continued his family’s business, he would have a more prosperous life. So, his passion for football motivated him to step into the endless world of football. Stay tuned to know more about

Andrea Pirlo life Story.

 

Andrea Pirlo information

In the following part of

Andrea Pirlo Biography

, you can find some general information about him listed down here.

Andrea Pirlo Bio

  • Full Name:

    Andrea Pirlo

  • Nickname:

    the Architect

  • Profession:

    Professional Football Player

Andrea Pirlo Physical Stats

  • Weight:

    68 Kilograms

  • Height:

    1.77 Meters

  • Eye Color:

    Brown

  • Hair Color:

    Brown 

Andrea Pirlo Football Information

  • Position:

    Midfielder

  • Jersey Number:

    21

  • Professional Debut:

    1995

Andrea Pirlo Date of Birth and Personal Info

  • Date of Birth:

    19 May 1979 

  • Birth Place:

    Flero, Italy

  • Zodiac Sign:

    Taurus

  • Nationality:

    Italy

  • Andrea Pirlo religion:

     Roman Catholic

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Andrea Pirlo Early Life

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In this section, we will have a glance at

Andrea Pirlo childhood

. As mentioned above, he had a wealthy family, so his interest in football pushed him towards this sport. He started his soccer game with Ivan, his brother often on the coast. As he grew up, he decided to pursue football more seriously at the club level. He began his career with the Flero youth team and later moved to Voluntas. Then, in 1994 he joined the youth sector of the local club,

Brescia

and after a year, at the age of 16, Pirlo made his Serie A debut for Brescia against

Reggiana

, on 21 May, at that time he was the youngest player to make an appearance in Serie A. Having passed a year, he could break into Brescia first team during the 1996–97 Serie B season and at the end of the season, they could gain Serie A promotion. Pirlo scored his first Serie A goal on 19 October 1997, during the 1997–98 season, in a 4–0 home win over

Vicenza

. Stay tuned to read more about Andrea Pirlo Biography. 

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Andrea Pirlo Profile

In this division of

Andrea Pirlo biography

, we will review his professional career from his early days until now, that he is still considered as one of the greatest playmakers in football history. As mentioned earlier, he had started his football career in Brescia and as he got promoted to the main team and showed his talents, he was spotted by

Inter Milan

coach Lucescu. In 1998 Inter signed Pirlo but he wasn't able to regularly play in the main team. As he arrived at Inter, they loaned Pirlo to Reggina for the 1999–2000 season. After a successful spell, he returned to Inter but still was unable to break into the first team, making just four league appearances. So he again was loaned to his former club, Brescia.

There, he got the chance to play with his childhood icon Roberto Baggio who was the attacking midfielder of the club. The former manager of Brescia, Carlo Mazzone, was the first one who explored Pirlo's talents as a playmaker, so he deployed Pirlo as a deep-lying playmaker, rather than as an offensive midfielder. At the end of the 2001 season, Brescia finished in seventh place in

Serie A

, also reached the

Coppa Italia

quarter-finals, qualifying for the 2001 Intertoto Cup. That one spell in Brescia was a memorable period for Pirlo, especially on 1 April 2001, as he assisted Baggio's late equalizer against

Juventus

at the Stadio Delle Alpi. Roberto Baggio later in praise of Pirlo, had said:" Andrea has demonstrated all his great talent and worth.

When we played together, everything started with him. He always had the great gift of being able to visualize and anticipate plays before everyone else. His vision, what he can do with the ball, and what he's able to create, make him a true superstar. Andrea has something which you don't see very often".

Following his unsuccessful spell in Inter, on 30 June 2001, he was sold to Inter ever Rival

AC Milan

for 33 billion Italian lire. At that time, Carlo Ancelotti was Milan's manager. Under his strict surveillance and coaching, Pirlo given the chance to flourish and develop into a world-class player, and one of the best deep-lying playmakers and set-piece specialists in the world. Pirlo himself believed that Carlo Ancelotti had changed his professional life, he would say" "He changed my career, putting me in front of the defence. We shared some unforgettable moments. We had a magnificent past together."

In Ancelotti's 4–3–1–2 and 4–3–2–1 formation, Pirlo as a deep-lying playmaker in front of the defense, could play beside such attacking midfielders, including Rivaldo, Rui Costa, and later on Kaká. By his brilliant performances, he could replace the gap left by Milan legend Demetrio Albertini in the deep midfield playmaking role. Soon he became a key player of the Rossoneri's midfield. He managed to form an impressive partnership with Gennaro Gattuso, as well as with Clarence Seedorf and Massimo Ambrosini. Pirlo's method of setting the team's rhythm gave him the nickname the "metronome".  On 20 September 2001, in a 2–0 win over

BATE Borisov

in the UEFA Cup, Pirlo made his debut as the substitution of Massimo Donati. At the end of his first season with the club, Milan finished fourth-place in the

UEFA Champions League

qualification spot. They also could reach the semi-final of the UEFA Cup, which was the best-ever result of Milan in the competition. On 30 March 2002, he scored his first goal with Milan in a 3–1 home win over

Parma

, from a free-kick.

The season 2002-3 was full of great records for Pirlo. He averaged almost 90 passes per game throughout the season, he managed to lead Serie A in four categories: passes played (2589), ball possession (123 hours played and 39 minutes), successful balls (661), and successful passes (2093). At the end of that season, Pirlo celebrated his first Serie A title with Milan during the 2003–04 season, and later on, they also won the scudetto with the 2004 Supercoppa Italiana over

Lazio

.

The following season, was one of the hardest for Pirlo, as he stated. In the 2004-5 season, Milan finished second and Juventus won the title. In the 2004–05 UEFA Champions League, Pirlo was named as one of the second-highest assist providers with four assists, and by his contribution, Milan could reach the final. The 2005 UEFA Champions League Final match against

Liverpool

, On 25 May went to penalties, and Milan was defeated by the English team in the shoot-out. Pirlo was one of the players who had missed the penalities. Jerzy Dudek, Liverpool goalkeeper saved Pirlo's. He later confessed that "the 2005 UEFA Champions League Final defeat on penalties was the worst moment of his career, and that he had considered retiring prematurely following the match."

Andrea Pirlo would stay at Milan until the end of the 2011 season. Following the departure of Kaka and Ancelotti in the summer of 2009, some other clubs showed interest in Pirlo and offered to buy him with contemplating  transfer request, but the club owner Silvio Berlusconi decided not to sell Pirlo. During his last season in Milan, under manager Massimiliano Allegri, Pirlo made 17 appearances, scored one goal, had three assists, and won his second Serie A title with Milan that season.

As he left Milan in 2011, he joined Juventus by a three-year contract. He did his Juve debut in a friendly match against

Sporting CP

, which they lost 2–1. Little by little he could get along with Juve and as Antonio Conte played him alongside younger midfielders Marchisio and Arturo Vidal in a three-man midfield, he could act perfectly as ever. Pirlo stayed with Juve until 6 June 2015 when he played his last match for the club against

Barcelona

. Then he joined New York City and was named the highest-paid Italian player in all leagues with an $8 million salary. For two years he played in the USA and After struggling with persisting physical problems in 2017, on 8 October he officiated that he would retire from professional football in 2018.

Stay tuned to read more about

Andrea Pirlo Biography

 and get to know him better.

Andrea Pirlo Style of Play

Andrea Pirlo is a player who is capable of playing in several midfield positions. But he usually plays a central midfielder, in the role of a deep-lying playmaker, because of his vision and passing accuracy. Maybe we can not define him as a player who has brilliant defensive skills, work-rate or tackling abilities, but he has a characteristic that comes in handy, he is calm and can hold the ball with his composure. It is safe to say that Pirlo, was mainly known for his touch, technique, balance, elegance, close control, dribbling ability, and accurate striking ability from a distance. His performances in one-on-one situations were incredible, he would beat players with feints. He was able to anticipate and read the game and so guide the other players. As he was inspired by Juninho's (knuckle-ball) he was able to score from long-range free kicks with extreme power. His style of play had some similarities to Albertini, so was usually thought to be Albertini's heir for Milan and the national team.

Reception

According to players, managers, and sports critics, Andrea Pirlo is one of the greatest ever players in his position. Throughout his professional career, he was acknowledged as one of the greatest midfielders in the world and of his generation and also one of the icons of Italian football history. Due to his perfect skills in holding the ball, he could manage to score the highest number of free-kicks in Serie A. He was given the nickname " Architect" by his friends on Italy national team, because of how he built plays, and set up goal-scoring opportunities.

Goal celebration

Andrea Pirlo did not have any special goal celebration, but most of the time he kissed the ring finger of his left hand to celebrate his goals.

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Andrea Pirlo outside football

Andrea Pirlo continues his passion for football even after his retirement. His activities outside football are only his vineyard in Italy that produces around 15–20,000 bottles a year. He also participated in EA Sports' football video game FIFA 20 as one of the new Ultimate Team Icons.

Andrea Pirlo Personal Life

Andrea Pirlo was born on May 19, 1979, in Flero.

Andrea Pirlo nationality

is Italian. He had rich parents. Pirlo's father founded a metal trading company in Brescia in 1982 called Elg Steel and Andrea also holds a stake in the family business. He has also two brothers, and during his childhood he played football with his brother Ivan.

Family, Children, and Relationships

In 2001, he got married to Deborah Roversi. The couple has two children. their son Niccolo was born in 2003 and their daughter Angela was born in 2006. They got divorced in 2014 after 13 years of marriage. After their divorce, it was said the reason behind this failure was the current partner of Pirlo who is a real-estate.  In 2014, Pirlo started his relationship with Valentina Baldini whom he had met at his golf club. On July 7, 2017, his partner gave birth to their twins named Leonardo and Tommaso

Philanthropy

Andrea Pirlo can be considered as one of the richest footballer, his net worth accumulated from a combination of his earnings as a footballer as well as several sponsorship deals. So he has been active in different charity foundations. He had played in high-profile charity football matches that support a variety of institutions - such as support of the Piedmontese Foundation for Cancer Research. He has also manifested his support for fighting racism in football, joining other FIFA legends in solidarity against discrimination.

Legal Issues

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Andrea Pirlo Career Statistics

Following Andrea Pirlo biography, in this part, we would have a rundown of his Career Statistics. 

Clubs

As mentioned earlier, Pirlo started his football career in Brescia in 1992 and after three years on the junior team, he joined the senior level. From 1995 until 1998 he made 46 appearances and could score 6 goals.  During his three-year spell with Inter Milan, he only made 22 appearances and scored no goal but as he went on loan to Reggina, in his 28 appearances he scored 6 goals. 

Following his breakthrough in Milan, during his ten-year spell, he made 284 appearances and could score 32 goals. After a decade in Milan, he joined Juventus in 2011 and, until 2015, he made 116 appearances and scored 16 goals. In his last years of professional football, he joined New York City side in 2015 and during his two-year stay, he played in 60 matches and scored 1 goal.

International

Pirlo started his national football as a player in

Italy's under-21

. His leadership, even at a young age, made him the captain of Italy in the Under-21 European Championship in 2000. During that tournament, Pirlo wearing the number 10 jersey, could win the awards for best player and top scorer of the tournament with three goals.

Two years later he was invited to the senior team and at the age of 23, he made his Italy senior debut, under Giovanni Trapattoni, in a 2–0 away win over Azerbaijan in a Euro 2004 qualifying match on 7 September 2002. But his first major international debut was in  UEFA Euro 2004 that he could make two matches.

It is safe to say that, Pirlo was one of the most influential players in the 2006 world cup. Italy's national team might have lost the tournament if they had not Pirlo in their arrangement. During the 2006 world cup, he appeared in all of Italy's matches at the tournament, playing 668 minutes in total. At the end of the tournament, he established himself as a world-class player, he could create an awesome midfield partnership with his teammate, Gattuso. He completed 475 passes out of 580 attempted throughout the tournament and voted the third-best player of the tournament so won the Bronze Ball.

Managerial

Following his retirement, in August 2019 he started to participate in coaching classes, so enrolled in the UEFA Pro Licence courses at Coverciano. Then on 30 July 2020, he was assigned as the head coach of Serie C club

Juventus U23

, the reserve side of his former club, But nine days later as Maurizio Sarri was dismissed, he was appointed as the head coach of the first team and signed his two-year contract. 

Later on, he could receive the UEFA Pro Licence on 16 September 2020 and four days later he experienced his first competitive match as a head coach against

Sampdoria

, Juve won the match 3-0. On 20 October, he coached Juve in his Champions League debut. Juventus won the match over

Dynamo Kyiv

, so Pirlo became only the third Juventus manager after Lippi and Capello to win his first away game in the competition.

Andrea Pirlo Honors

As an Italian icon who has gone through lots of ups and down, Pirlo would achieve tons of honors, as pieces of evidence of his extraordinary talents. At club level, with Milan he won the Serie A title in 2003–04, 2010–11 the Coppa Italia title in 2002–03, the Supercoppa Italiana title in 2004, the UEFA Champions League title in 2002–03, 2006–07, the UEFA Super Cup title in 2003, 2007, the FIFA Club World Cup title in 2007.

With Juventus, he won the Serie A title in 2011–12, 2012–13, 2013–14, 2014–15, the Coppa Italia title in 2014–15, the Supercoppa Italiana title in 2012, 2013. He also, as one of the greatest deep-lying playmakers of all time, won several individual trophies, he won UEFA European Under-21 Championship Golden Player award in 2000, the UEFA European Under-21 Championship Top Scorer award in 2000, 2006 FIFA World Cup, Top Assist Provider award, Golden Foot Award Legends in 2018 Italian Football Hall of Fame in 2019, the Ballon d'Or Dream Team (Silver) in 2020.

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