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Andrea Pirlo quotes, a complete selection

Andrea Pirlo is an Italian coach and former footballer who was born on 19 May 1979. Pirlo started his professional career in 1995 and announced his retirement in 2017. Here in this article, we have selected some of the top Andrea Pirlo quotes including his quotes on football and famous footballers.

Andrea Pirlo

began his senior career with Brescia which soon enough established him as one of the most talented footballers of his generation. During his career, Pirlo mainly played in the central midfield position; however, it is said that he was flexible and was able to play in different positions.

One of the interesting facts about this Italian genius is that his teammates in the national team gave him the nickname "l'architetto" which means the Architect, the reason is said to be the way in which he would build all the plays, carefully and well-thought.

He was also named as il professore (the professor), Maestro, and Mozart. Additionally, Pirlo was even frequently compared to the former Italian player, Albertini since there were some similar characteristics between the two of them.

A complete collection of Andrea Pirlo quotes:

Make sure to check out our exclusive collection of Andrea Pirlo quotes in which you will also read his inspirational quotes that might as well inspire you!

Andrea Pirlo quotes on his character and his childhood

Andrea Pirlo was born on 19 May 1979 to his mother Livia Gatta and his father Luigi Pirlo in the city of Flero located in Italy. Andrea isn't the only child of the Pirlo family, as a matter of fact, this 42-year-old coach has a brother called Ivan Pirlo and a sister named Silvia Pirlo.

Andrea spent most of his childhood playing football with his brother and his friends until he finally moved to Brescia where he officially entered the youth system and started training in 1995.

In point of fact, many times Andrea Pirlo has talked about his idol back then when he was just a kid with big dreams:

On his childhood

When I was a kid, I'd take a small foam ball and try to get my shot over the couch so it would finish in the corner of the window.

On his character

If I look in the mirror when I get up or before going to bed at night, I see a man of average ugliness with stubble, an unruly mane of hair, a squint nose, slightly protruding ears, and bags under my eyes. But I also see a man who's completely happy with the figure staring back at him.

I've learned lots, obviously - the first thing being never to forget to be grateful. The second is not to bear grudges, because in football, luck does not exist.

I like to think of myself as a director, on the pitch and in life.

Being part of a team that belongs to everyone makes me feel good. A lot of the time, it’s better than sex: it lasts longer and if it falls flat, it can’t just be your fault…Much better to be a soldier on the pitch than in the bedroom.

I'm a bit of a wandering gypsy on the pitch.

I've always been able to play for the love of the sport.

Swearing's my release. It's the one weapon I have to defend myself against destiny when it elects to strike without pity.

I'm Italian, but I'm also a little Brazilian: Pirlonho, if you like.

I'm not one that cares for publicity.

Being part of a team that belongs to everyone makes me feel good and at peace with myself.

All I'm after is a few square meters to be myself. A space where I can continue to profess my creed: take the ball, give it to a team-mate, my team-mate scores. It's called an assist, and it's my way of spreading happiness.

Andrea Pirlo quotes on his hobbies and preferences

Andrea Pirlo has many times referred to his passion for food and PlayStation, but he also has other hobbies which he has described in the most interesting way. So if you want to know what this Italian genius does in his leisure time, make sure to check out this part of our top

Andrea Pirlo quotes


After the wheel, the PlayStation is the best invention of all time. And ever since it's existed, I've been Barcelona, apart from a brief spell way back at the start when I'd go Milan.

I can't say with any certainty how many virtual matches I've played over the last few years but, roughly speaking, it must be at least four times the number of real ones.

I stick to a Mediterranean diet with fresh produce and olive oil. On a normal day, my diet is divided into the three main meals. I don't eat any other snack between meals during the day.

Before every match, I eat pasta with tomato and chicken breast a few hours beforehand. In the hottest months, I choose to drink an energy drink before the match, too, but normally, I drink just water.

I love the food scene in New York.

Until I was 30 years old, my body was used to my routine of eating pasta every single day.

Just being able to go out to dinner at the trendiest restaurants - in Italy, I can't do that.

Andrea Pirlo inspirational quotes

We all know that a coach always gives the best advice. Therefore, in this part you are going to read some of the top Andrea Pirlo inspirational quotes, and who knows? Maybe you will feel inspired too!

Better to leave before someone else has the idea of sending you away.

Sometimes a pinch of sadism is the ingredient that makes victory taste that little bit sweeter.

In order to go all the way, you need everyone's contribution.

Passing judgment on others is always a lot of fun. Looking inwards is that little bit more difficult.

When you start to achieve success, you want to get more.

I've never needed to play for money. I play because I love football.

If you look after yourself and are willing to adapt - there is no reason why you can't play at the top level until your late 30s.

Not to feel important, be important - that's the most important thing.

I don't feel pressure.

I want to win.

Each free kick carries my name, and all are my children. And they have South American roots.

Being a philosopher is to think, seek wisdom, and have principles that guide and influence what you do. It's to give meaning to things, find your way in the world, believe that in the end, in every instance, good will overcome evil, even if there's a bit of suffering along the way.

When you're rivals, you can never be friends.

You can be lucky for a few years, but in the end, your defects will emerge. The reality is different. People are watching you, and those who know how to play will progress, while those who don't will remain in the lower levels.

First objective is always that of winning.

Tears are a demonstration of who you are, an undeniable truth.

As the years go by, you have to realize when it is the right time to do something different.

Don’t practice until you get it right, practice until you can’t get it wrong.

I always play to win. I always have big targets in mind.

If God exists, there's no way he's French.

There are always lessons to be found in the darkest moments. It's a moral obligation to dig deep and find the little glimmer of hope or pearl of wisdom.

It’s an enemy that I can’t allow to wound me a second time. It’s already done enough damage: most of it hidden far from the surface.

Becoming a footballer is only the first half of the silent prayer a kid offers up to the sky or confides to his teacher in a primary school essay. The second part is the name of the team he wants to play for.

In this life, you’re either a man or an actor, there’s nothing in between.

When a dream dies like that, there's no way of striking back. You take the punch and suffer the consequences. Physical ones, yes, but more than anything they're psychological.

There are always lessons to be found in the darkest moments. It's a moral obligation to dig deep and find that little glimmer of hope or pearl of wisdom. You might hit upon an elegant phrase that stays with you and makes the journey that little less bitter.

The drawn out death of an intense love that's destined to disappear, second by second, piece by piece, until it's nothing but one-way affection. And if there's only fondness from one side, the whole thing becomes a bit pointless.

Andrea Pirlo quotes on football and his playing style

As previously stated, Andrea Pirlo processed his youth career, training with


from 1992 up to 1995. He also started his senior career with the same club and had his debut on 21 May 1995 in a match against


which made him Brescia's youngest player to make an appearance in Serie A.

His brilliant performance while he was still playing for this club, caught the attention of many other football clubs including Inter Milan. As a result, Pirlo joined Inter Milan 3 years after beginning his senior career and remained one of the most important players of this Italian team until 2001 when he left for

AC Milan


Also one year after joining Milan, Andrea started his international career playing for Italy. Pirlo stayed with Milan for a long period of 11 years, making 284 appearances as well as scoring 32 goals on the whole.

Before announcing his retirement from playing football as a professional player, Pirlo also played for Juventus from 2011 up to 2015 as well as his last team,

New York City FC

from 2015 until 2017. However, Pirlo didn't completely leave the world of football; in other words, he started his managerial career in 2020 with



For me, it's always better to keep chasing down the guy in front and maybe finish second, rather than stopping altogether.

I perceive the game in a different way. It's a question of viewpoints, of having a wide field of vision. Being able to see the bigger picture.

In football, like in life, there are always millimeters which can change things - the course of a goal or of a life.

If a forward makes a mistake, he can try again. If he scores, he’s in with a shout of the Ballon d’Or. But when it’s a defender who slips up, it’s a far more delicate situation. In percentage terms, the people who play at the back make fewer mistakes than those further forward.

When I take my free-kicks, I think in Portuguese, and at most, I'll do the celebrating in my native tongue.

Football is played with the head. Your legs are just the tools.

One part of my job I'll never learn to love is the pre-match warm-up. I hate it with every fiber of my being. It actually disgusts me.

I think that soccer is one thing, and money is another thing.

There are so many different factors - luck, being in good shape when it matters, the draw. For these reasons, it's hard to win a European Cup.

When great teams meet, there is never a problem with concentration.

I want to help the MLS grow and play well.

One of the biggest misconceptions is that players care about transfer fees. For a player, they do not care at all. They do not care if they move clubs for one million, 10 million, or 100 million Euros. That is just something a player leaves to his agent and the clubs.

I came to New York City as a player, so my objective is to take the team as high as possible, preferably to victory. If that helps Major League Soccer grow, then that's welcome, too, but I was signed as a New York City FC player and to do what's best for the team.

I've always been used to playing 60 games - one every three days - and I've played on artificial turf. There is artificial turf in Europe as well in some places. There is heat as well. And if it's hot for me at 110 degrees Fahrenheit, it's hot for the others as well.

I spent the afternoon of Sunday 9 July, 2006 in Berlin sleeping and playing the PlayStation. In the evening, I went out and won the World Cup.

Scoring from a dead-ball brings me massive satisfaction. It sets me up as an example for other players to follow, copy, and perhaps even emulate over the course of time. For them, I'm a Juninho Pernambucano 2.0, a Brazilian with a Brescia accent.

The Ballon d'Or has never been something that I've missed.

There were times we were kept in our dressing room until late at night because it wasn't safe to go home. Our bus would get attacked, the tires slit.

I've never told anyone, but my ambition is to become the leading all-time scorer of free kicks in Serie A.

When there is a solid base of Italian players, those who come in take their example, and then everyone is working in the same direction.

It's clear that anyone who plays in Belgium or another league with less quality still has a chance of making the Champions League or the Europa League.

To be useful in defense, to win back the ball, you don't always have to go sliding into the tackle. It's also about your positioning; sometimes all you have to do is take a step back.

I was lucky enough to play for the top three Italian clubs during the golden era of Italian football, so I have no regrets.

I thought about quitting after Istanbul because nothing made sense any more…I no longer felt like a man. All of a sudden, football had become the least important thing, precisely because it was the most important: a very painful contradiction. I didn't dare look in the mirror in case my reflection spat back at me. The only possible solution I could think of was to retire.

It's the best thing that can happen to a player. Being able to play at the World Cup is already the best, but then to raise the trophy to the sky is a dream.

Andrea Pirlo quotes on famous players and football clubs

For the last part of this article, let’s take a look at the top

Andrea Pirlo quotes

 about other football stars and teams, which include his comments on Paul Pogba, Lionel Messi and Harry Kane.

On Lionel Messi


is always compared to Maradona, but he needs to win the World Cup because if you don't win the World Cup, you can't be up there with the very best.

For many years, Messi and Ronaldo will be the two best. After them, there is Xavi, Andres Iniesta, and others. I hope to be in the top ten.

On Paul Pogba

On the first training session


had with Juventus, the players were laughing. We were not laughing for any other reason than we were just in total disbelief that this player with so much obvious ability was able to leave the club the size of Manchester United for free - and I think Juventus are still laughing.

Pogba has never stopped improving. He has everything to become a great player. If he keeps his head on his shoulders, he can make history.

On Marco Verratti

People compare me to


, and I do really like him, but we have very different playing styles.

On Juninho Pernambucano

I used to watch Juninho's free-kicks without being able to figure out how he hit them. I tried and tried until, eventually, I came up with my own way to strike them.

On Antonio Conte

I am extremely lucky - I met Antonio


. I had so many coaches to compare him to, and he is the one that surprised me the most.

On Harry Kane

My favorite England player is

Harry Kane


On Pep Guardiola

I'd have considered myself fortunate to be coached by


because he really puts his stamp on teams. He builds them, molds them, guides them, berates them, nurtures them. He makes them great. He takes them to a higher level; a place beyond mere football.

On Real Madrid

Real Madrid

? Any player would like to play for them.

I still have a thorn in my side at not having played for Real Madrid or


, because playing there is a dream for every player. But I consider myself very satisfied to have played for the best teams in Italy.

I'd have signed for Real in a heartbeat. They're a club with more glamour than Milan; more prospects, more appeal, more everything. They strike fear in their opponents, whoever they happen to be.

I pictured myself in that white jersey. Pristine, and at the same time aggressive; a mean streak running through its unusual purity. My thoughts often wandered to the Santiago Bernabeu, the Temple, a ground that struck terror into opponents. Bruised and battered slaves at the king’s banquet.

On Juventus

Right from the moment I arrived at Juve, I could immediately sense the club's will to win, the determination to go as far as possible as quickly as possible.

Surely it was the best decision of my career to sign for Juventus.

On AC Milan

Do I regret leaving Milan? I decided I needed a change. I needed to find new ideas, and that was the best thing for both parties.

I have always said that it is fundamental to have a strong core of Italian players in a club squad. At AC Milan, we had that and we won. The same at Juventus.

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