Andrea Pirlo is a footballer that brings poetry onto the pitch; he is as graceful as they come and possesses talent that only the likes of Zinedine Zidane can compete with. Pirlo is a playmaking genius that will strike venom in his opponents at any given time.
The 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil will be his third and most likely last appearance at the pinnacle tournament; and even at the seasoned age of 35, Pirlo still remains one of the greatest playmaking midfielders in the beautiful game. If Italy is to have a good tournament, one would have to imagine that Pirlo is one of the keys to success.
He comes from Brescia
Andrea Pirlo was born in Brescia, Lombardy, Italy on May 19,1979. It didn’t take long for him to start his professional career in Italy as he debuted for his hometown club Brescia in 1995. Since then, Pirlo has been a mainstay in European football, garnishing plenty of domestic league trophies in Italy and reaching the top of international football when he helped lead Italy to the World Cup title in 2006.
Italy had a disappointing follow-up of their success at the 2006 World Cup, when they failed to advance out of the group stage at the 2010 tournament. Pirlo missed most of that tournament due to injury, only appearing in the final group match for the Italians. There is no question that Italy will have a renewed sense of hunger at the 2014 FIFA World Cup and Pirlo’s leadership in skill will be fundamental.
Pirlo and Italy are in Group D
There is no question that Pirlo and his Italian teammates will have to bring their sharp and tactical game to Brazil if they want to make it out of the difficult group they are pegged in. Group D also features Uruguay, England, and Costa Rica.
Pirlo remains one of the most creative playmakers in the world and seems to be ageless. Whether he is delivering a perfect through-ball, a penetrating free kick, or orchestrating Italy’s style of play from his defensive midfield position, Andrea Pirlo remains the ageless wonder that the squad will need to have success in Brazil. For what Pirlo may lack in pace at his age of 35, he makes up for with his silky and chic playmaking abilities on the pitch. He is cheeky and calm and a maestro that lets his play do the talking on the pitch.