Andrea Pirlo Biography
Andrea Pirlo is an Italian professional footballer who played a significant role in Italy’s World Cup campaign in 2006. He is an expert in penalty-kick and set-piece playmaking and is widely regarded as one of the greatest deep-lying midfield players of all time.
. His club career began as an attacking midfielder. However, he often didn’t start XI at various clubs where he played due to his inability to move quickly. Carlo Mazzone, his manager at Brescia, made the bold decision to use Pirlo as a playmaker in the deep-lying position. The new position was a success for him.
He was a gifted passer and was instrumental in A.C. Milan’s dominance of both Italian domestic football and the European circuit. He signed to Juventus in 2011 as a free agent and enjoyed a similar success story with them. He is fourth in the list of most captained players, having made 116 appearances for the Italian national team.
He was captain of the bronze-medal winning Italian contingent at the 2004 Summer Olympics. He is currently playing for New York City FC in the USA.
Andrea Pirlo Childhood and Early Life
Andrea Pirlo was conceived in Flero on May 19, 1979. He was the son of Luigi and Lidia Pirlo. He is the brother of Ivan.
Pirlo was a prodigy in football. He used to play football with his brother and other friends growing up in Viareggio, Tuscany. This is where his family spent the holidays.
At 13 years old, he was the center of international attention when he and his team, the ‘Voluntas Brescia U15s,’ participated in the 1992 Dana Cup. They made it to the semi-finals but were knocked out.
Andrea Pirlo Club Career
Andrea Pirlo, a 16-year-old, was signed to Brescia. He played his first Serie A game against Reggiana in May 1995. Mircea Lucescu, Inter Milan’s coach, noticed his game and invited him to join his team. He was only seen on the field occasionally during his time with the club. Inter loaned him briefly to Reggina during the 1999-2000 season. It turned out to have been an impressive performance.
He was again loaned to Brescia the following season. Carlo Mazzone was their manager and the first to place him in the defense. He would play alongside Roberto Baggio, his childhood idol, and lead the team to a respectable seventh place.
After being with Inter for three seasons, he was purchased by A.C. Milan. He met Carlo Ancelotti, the team manager who would help him to a new path that would lead him to a career as a world-class player. On September 20, 2001, he made his debut against the Belarusian team BATE Borisov’ at the UEFA Cup. Milan won the match by 2-0.
For the next ten years, Pirlo was a Milan central midfielder. He won a Coppa Italia’ (2003) and a Supercoppa Italiana (2004). He played in 401 matches for the club and scored 41 goals.
After reaching a mutual agreement with Milan, he decided to leave Milan in 2011. After a free transfer, he joined Juventus and made his debut in Serie A against Parma with a 4-1.
The team was trophy-less in 2003 before Pirlo arrived at Juventus. Four Serie A titles (2012-2013, 2014, and 2015), two Supercoppa Italiana titles (2012 and 2013), and a Coppa Italyalia (2015) were his contributions to the club. He was a part of 164 matches and scored 19 goals.
He signed in 2015 with New York City FC, a team that is part of the ‘Major League Soccer.’ This has been his home since then.
Andrea Pirlo International Career
Andrea Pirlo was the Italy U21 team captain in the 2000 European Championship. He was named both the top scorer and the best player. He was part of the 2000 and 2004 Italian squadrons to the Summer Olympic Games. The latter edition won the Bronze medal.
He made his senior debut at the level at 23 in a 2-0 victory against Azerbaijan. He was a key player in the country’s 2006 World Cup qualifying campaign.
He scored Italy’s opening goal against Ghana and assisted Fabio Grosso in achieving his goal against Germany in the semi-final on July 4.
He showed his excellent form in the final against France, July 9. After a hard-fought match, the match went to penalties after neither team could break the 1-1 deadlock. He won the spot-kick and converted it into a goal. After 24 years, Italy won the match and became the World Champion. Pirlo was named the “Man of the Match” for the semi-final as well as final matches.
In the 2012 Euro Cup, he was vice-captain to Gianluigi Bufon. They defeated England, Ireland, and Germany to reach the final, where they lost 4-0 to Spain.
He did not announce his international retirement following the 2014 World Cup. However, he returned to the Italian squad in the 2016 European Cup qualifiers. His move to the USA had unintended consequences. On May 23, 2016, it was revealed that he had been dropped from the Euro 2016 30-man squad.
Andrea Pirlo Recognitions & Awards
Andrea Pirlo was made a Knight in 2004 (official title: ‘Cavaliere ordine al Merito dilla Repubblica Italiena’). He was promoted to the rank of Officer two years later (‘Ufficiale Ordine al Merito della Republica Italiana’).
He was awarded the ‘Bronze Ball’ and the Top Assist Provider’ award at the 2006 FIFA World Cup.
Andrea Pirlo won the 2011-12 ‘Pallone d’Argento’ award for being “fairest and for football talent and sporting correctness as well as for generosity towards the poor,” according to the ‘Unione Stampa Sportiva Italiana’ or USSI.
He was hailed the ‘Serie A Footballer Of The Year’ in 2012-14.
Legacy & Personal Life
Andrea Pirlo married Deborah Roversi in 2001. Their two children were born together: their son Niccolo was born in 2003, and their daughter Angela in 2006. After 13 years of marriage, the couple split in 2014. Later, it reported that Pirlo was having an affair with Valentina Baldini, a real estate agent. They had met at his golf course.
His autobiography, “Penso Quindi Gioco” (I Think. Therefore, I Play), was published by ‘Arnoldo Mondadori Edite’ on April 30, 2013. The book, which is both quotable and full of charm, was well received by critics and fans.
Andrea Pirlo Net Worth
Andrea Pirlo’s net worth is approximately EUR50 million.