Player Profile: Andrea Pirlo

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THIRTY-TWO years ago on a day like this, was born one of the greatest gifts that Italian and football in general has ever seen. It was Wednesday afternoon when the news were announced, the news about Pirlo leaving Milan. I felt really sad, not only because of his departure but also because I knew that he was no longer a perfect fit in our squad like he once was.

At the age of 16 Andrea Pirlo started his career in recently relegated Brescia, where he used to play in an AMF position.  After bouncing from Inter to Reggina to Brescia, Pirlo found himself at Milan. It was under the reign of Carlo Ancelotti that Pirlo discovered the position where he would attract the attention from all football fans around the world. Pirlo changed the definition of a DMF, who until then had to had mostly defensive characteristics. He created “a new position” in a sport where most of the times the brain of the team played behind the strikers.

“Il Metronomo” is one of his nicknames, and it describes him perfectly on the pitch. His ability to control the tempo of the game is notorious, and there are not many players not only in recent times but in the history of the sport, to have the accuracy and the technique that Pirlo has when he has the ball on his feet. As Lippi once said : “Pirlo is our silent leader, he lets his feet talk on his behalf “. He can put a ball on the feet of another player from 30 meters away, he can shoot freekicks and corner kicks as if the ball obeyed his thoughts, he can split a defense with only one pass.

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But Pirlo’s on the pitch attributes are not the only thing that he brought to Milan. Players like him, with his vision, his elegance and his technique come once a decade. He moves and plays whit such grace that he got another nickname : “Trilli Campanellino”. The last player I think that might compare in terms of talent might be his mentor, his idol Roberto Baggio or Zidane (not even Xavi nor Totti). He had a lot to show off, he had a lot of reasons and talent to be arrogant, but Pirlo never was. He always stayed humble, he always kept his integrity intact. Surely a role model to follow not only in football, but also in life.

He won many things with Milan and with his national team : Champions League, Scudetto, Coppa Italia, World Cup and other trophies. In both Milan and “La Nazionale” , Pirlo played an essential role, he was the motor of both teams for almost a decade.

With a palmarès that many would like to have but only few do and a behavior to admire on and off the pitch, Pirlo has been the portray of everything the game is about, everything that Milan is about. He is class and intelligence in the purest of its states. Its really hard to say goodbye, but he is smart enough to know what’s best not only for him but for the club as well, and I know that wherever he goes, no matter what other shirt he puts on, underneath it, he will be wearing his second skin : the red and black one.

Happy birthday, I hope you are as successful and happy as you were in Milan.

Grazie mille per tutto, Andrea. We’ll never be able to repay you for everything you gave us and taught us, “Maestro”.

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Vasko
Vasko
9 years ago

He will always remain in our hearts <3 Andrea Pirlo <3

Andriy Shevchenko
Andriy Shevchenko
9 years ago

He’s best DMF of all times.

Andriy Shevchenko
Andriy Shevchenko
9 years ago

We allways had a best defenders and defensive players.(Baresi,Maldini,Nesta,Rijkaard,Pirlo,Cafu,Costacurta…)

Andriy Shevchenko
Andriy Shevchenko
9 years ago

But football is awful today l don’t any regista that’s nearly Pirlo except Montolivo and l don’t know who’ll be his succesor.

Andriy Shevchenko
Andriy Shevchenko
9 years ago

Wilshere is machine

Pato 7
Pato 7
9 years ago

@Andriy Shevchenko
You forgot Thiago Silva

Andriy Shevchenko
Andriy Shevchenko
9 years ago

And l would love to see him joining us

Shervin
Shervin
9 years ago

Allegri is against playmakers. First dinho, now pirlo and he also said kaka wouldnt fit into the system.

What is he thinking, winning CL with no playmaker?

Galliani have closed all doors. No pastore,ganso, lamela, kaka, hernandes,hamsik, fabregas. They all are unlikely to join. LAZZARI??????? God shoot me

rossonero23
9 years ago
Reply to  Shervin

What are you on about, Shervin?
Prince is our playmaker!
You know Prince, right? The guy who did the Moonwalk!
He’s a world class player….three goals and two assists is fantastic for our Trequartista.
Too bad some fullbacks have more assists then our Prince.
Forza Milan!

enkel
enkel
9 years ago
Reply to  rossonero23

He’s not playmaker dumb-ass! he’s been playing there cause we don’t have a real talent for that role, get real will you!

enkel
enkel
9 years ago
Reply to  Shervin

Calm down mate, you did trust what Galliani’s said? well…I dont trust any of his word.

enkel
enkel
9 years ago
Reply to  Shervin

@ Shervin

I don’t trust what Galliani’s said! he did this exactly like a year ago!

david murati
david murati
9 years ago

pirlo will always be a rossoneri and now the question is: pirlo left, who is going to come?

renzc1223
renzc1223
9 years ago

Andrea-fucking-Pirlo…..

Even though I’m a new fan, it’s sad to know that one of the most important members of our team from recent years is now leaving

HS
HS
9 years ago

It’s sad to see that one best player since I became Milanisti go to find another place to play..
This feeling is same feeling seeing Sheva go to Chelsea and Maldini ends his career (I’m not know football yet when Baresi still playing)

Goodluck Il Metronome.. Thanks for all..

Giancarlo
Giancarlo
9 years ago

Allegri isn’t against playmakers. Dinho was total sh*t. Pirlo has lost all his speed. You don’t win the CL with playmakers. That position is phased out. Teams win it with attacking midfielders and wingers. You want to know why Manchester United and Barcelona are in the final? You think Busquets and Giggs are the reason? No. It’s players like Nani and Messi. Galliani hasn’t closed all doors. That’s a tactic. He closed the door on Ibra. And said he wasn’t coming 99.9%. And look what happened. So before some of you open your big fat mouths… please wait then make… Read more »

Shervin
Shervin
9 years ago
Reply to  Giancarlo

Dinho wasnt shit 12 goals 16 assist, he did hes part even though he wasnt BARCA DINHO. You expected way to much from him. Pirlo lost all his speed? Great passes and crosses dont come from speed. It comes from techique and quality. Busquets is a DMF not a playmaker. Also hes a pussy. Crying, rolling on grass, faking, hes just CRAP. Dont mention his name ever again. Nani? Nobody can say hes bad. Hes a real talent. But your wrong. Its more like Rooney and hernandez ALONG with nani. Nani aint no playmaker either, hes like pato making his… Read more »

Jarr
Jarr
9 years ago

Milan renewed Ambro 33 and MVB 34 contracts but not Pirlo? Very funny!
Anyway, No matter where he goes, he will still be Milan Legends! Wish him all the best. you will be missed!

rossonero23
9 years ago

You don’t win with playmakers??
I think Inter won the treble with a certain Dutch playmaker.
Sneidjer’s not that bad…wait, he’s the best playmaking AM in the world.

Our CL win in 07 was won with a few playmakers tbh…

Giancarlo
Giancarlo
9 years ago
Reply to  rossonero23

Pirlo is a deep lying playmaker. Hence my point is made. You wanted him gone. You said he was too slow. Now you want him to stay? Make up your mind, BOY!

rossonero23
9 years ago

Messi’s not a playmaker?
LOL!
Do you watch Football?

Giancarlo
Giancarlo
9 years ago
Reply to  rossonero23

I watch it more then you.

enkel
enkel
9 years ago
Reply to  rossonero23

Messi isn’t a playmaker, Xavi and Iniesta are! look how trash Messi when he plays in that role for his country!

enkel
enkel
9 years ago

That’s what I meant about Messi lad…just like you said.

Yehez Kiel
9 years ago
Reply to  enkel

xavi and iniesta are shit this season.. and this comes from a guy who likes them.. its morely cause of messi-villa.

Reza
Reza
9 years ago

Hey guy he left milan why u arguing.he left milan but his name is fixed on milan history.we should talk about new signing.i am wondred why berlu dont want to buy a expensive player.he say i invest 50m every year.but mr berlu abramouic invest 70 just in half of season for two players.we should be happy that other italian didnt buy big players.and at last i say buy gareth bale

enkel
enkel
9 years ago
Reply to  Reza

Berlusconi and especially Galliani are fiction monger! just sit our arse tight, wait and see…

Bleeding d red and black.

Enkel i agree wit u why don’t we sit our ass down and wait till d end of august and see who comes and who doesn’t and we shud all stp making dis useless suggestion about who will suit dis position who will not u guys are not d coach and dat decision iz left 4 d coach 2 decide.

maldini del futuro
maldini del futuro
9 years ago

I prefer to talk about Andrea instead of the player who,ll take his place.Just remember his goals vs Inter vs Liv,pool vs Real vs Parma vs Chievo vs Benfica vs Porto and should I say more than this?
Best wishes for architettura who even now that he,s being sacked by president Berlusconi,Doesn,t say anything in order to avoid disturbing fans who are celebrating the scudetto.How great you are and how cruel we.Grazie Metronomo,NO PIRLO,NO PARTY!

Kelly
Kelly
9 years ago

I also agree with bleeding d red and black. And allegri is sometimes foolish. What is d fact of benching urby for flamini, merkel for seedorf. To me, merkel can play dat AM more prince and dorf. Merkel is fast, has good passing dan boateng. Although dorf is a passer but to slow to play AM. Boateng will do well in d 3 man midfield. Am i wrong? As for pirlo i hope we get is perfect replacement. I hope it is harnanes of lazio, he is amazing and young.

Kelly
Kelly
9 years ago

I agree with bleeding d red and black. Allegri is sometimes foolish, what is d fack of benching urby for flamini, merkel for dorf. To me merkel can play dat AM dan boateng. He is fast dan boa, passes dan boa. Boateng will just be fine in d midfriend. Although dorf has good passing but too slow. As for pirlo i wish d best wherever he goes. I hope we get a good replacement. I suggest harnanes of lazio, fast, young, good passer, good free kicks.

Kelly
Kelly
9 years ago

I agree with bleeding d red and black. Allegri is sometimes foolish, what is d fack of benching urby for flamini, merkel for dorf. To me merkel can play dat AM dan boateng. He is fast dan boa, passes dan boa. Boateng will just be fine in d midfriend. Although dorf has good passing but too slow. As for pirlo i wish him d best wherever he goes. I hope we get a good replacement. I suggest harnanes of lazio, fast, young, good passer, good free kicks. Guys, what do think?

Andriy
9 years ago

its mix feeling for us and Pirlo too.. he celebrate his birthday as the champion of italy with Milan but at the same time he’s leaving Milan, his second home. I love Pirlo just like i love Maldini, Sheva and Kaka!
Maldini, Nesta, Pirlo, Gattuso, Ambrosini, Seedorf, Kaka, Shevchenko and Inzaghi are not replace-able in our heart! They’re the best ever

Andriy Shevchenko
Andriy Shevchenko
9 years ago

@enkel don’t shit around Barcelona is playing 4-6-0 that is formation which Spaletti used to play with Rome .And in that formation Totti/Messi are set to play as ”imaginary CFs” but in fact they are playmakers who feeds their wing with balls.

enkel
enkel
9 years ago

Cool mate, your viewpoint is correct. But I’m not shitting around, Messi isn’t the playmaker at Barca, like Riquelme did at Villarreal or even Pirlo did at Milan. Xavi and Iniesta are. The metronome are them not Messi.

enkel
enkel
9 years ago
Reply to  enkel

I know exactly what you meant by ‘imaginary CFs’. We actually have that kind of player, who is he? Ibra, who’ve provided fourteen assist for his team mates. and yet he still not Milan playmaker, just like Messi.

Reza
Reza
9 years ago

I agree with vasquez that boateng isnt a play maker

Shervin
Shervin
9 years ago

I love AC Milan with all my heart, i cant say anything bad with them. Except one thing. We always been slow in process, maybe even the most slowest team in Serie A. We focus to much on the current time, and not the future. Our generation switch shouldnt take so long, and it only does because we didnt prepare at all. Look at barca, man u, liverpool, even teams like porto. They always have a replacement for a player, and fill up holes very quick. We on the other hand, its 2011 now. Still we havent replaced kakas place.… Read more »

Shervin
Shervin
9 years ago

So aquilani wasnt alonsos replacement? Alonso’s replacement came the same year he left.

That aquilani didnt lived up to expectations, is another thing. BUT they got a replacement. Thats the main thing.

rossonero23
9 years ago
Reply to  Shervin

Kudos Shervin.

Excellent post!

I agree with everything you said!

Giancarlo
Giancarlo
9 years ago
Reply to  Shervin

The transition takes time. You can’t just throw out the entire team and replace it. Juventus does that a lot and they are stuck in 7th place. Juventus brought in all these young Italians… and failed badly. THat’s how your logic is… a pile of bullocks.

Shervin
Shervin
9 years ago
Reply to  Giancarlo

Once again your full of crap giancarlo. Why cant Milan do when Man u, real madrid, ajax, liverpool,arsenal, man city, barcelona do it? Why why why? And how dare you to compare Milan with juventus? Those cheaters. And for your information it took juventus which your are mentioning less then a year to replace nedved. They got krasic, not only that, he even look like his replacement. How long did it take liverpool to replace torres? Giancarlo just stfu please. “transitions takes time” woooooow your are soo smart dude. Ever heard of preparation? If milan had prepered and reacted in… Read more »

Giancarlo
Giancarlo
9 years ago
Reply to  Shervin

What a big pathetic idiot. Transtions do take time. Barcelona had their establishd players. Manchester united certainly kept their established players. As did Liverpool. Arsenal hasn’t won anything in 7 seasons. So give me a damn break. And where did I compare Milan to juventus, you messed up freak? All I said is Juve replaces all their players and wins absolutely nothing. Sounds like Arsenal. They kick out any players near 29, and that’ll be that. Remember when Henry left Arsenal? He went to Barca and ended up winning stuff. Liverpool replaced Torres with Carroll, and he’s total garbage! Everything… Read more »

Shervin
Shervin
9 years ago
Reply to  Giancarlo

Arsenal was better than us in CL by miles. Arsenal would WON the league if all the bar hits was goal, did you know that? Arsenal would have won the premier legue with about 12 pts. So are you talking shit about Arsenal? Liverpool lost 1 player and replaced him with 2 players. Caroll played 5 matches and scored twice and worked very hard. And yet to become better. How good is torres at chelsea mr giancarlo? How good is dzeko at city mr? Real madrid is 4pts behind the BEST team in the world. They won the cup over… Read more »

Giancarlo
Giancarlo
9 years ago
Reply to  Giancarlo

We won the CL last in 2006-07. Arsenal haven’t won it ever. That’s the difference. I’ll accept our recent record, but with the reality we still won it in 2006-07 over what Arsenal has done. YOu think I give a crap what Arsenal did three years ago against us? Arsenal are a team that boasts about individual results, but never have any trophies for anything. I’ll take the scudetto over winning absolutely nothing. Carroll has been garbage. Torres should have stayed put at Liverpoop. I don’t like Torres by the way. Villa is way better than him. Who the heck… Read more »

ruicosta
ruicosta
9 years ago

Be calm guys, everyteam has each character, barca,mu,madrid know how to attack with their squad.. We can’t push allegri to use treq if doesn’t suitable with his scheme.. Let allegri & galliani do their job, and we enjoy the victory.. #forzamilan

Shervin
Shervin
9 years ago
Reply to  ruicosta

Well allegri have to learn to attack with support of attacking midfielders. Or else he will win nothing else than scudetto.

We went from having 2 proper attacking midfielders kaka and rui costa to 1. After rui costa left we had kaka and seedorf. Now kaka is gone, and so is seedorf kind of.

We are here with no attacking midfielder.

Allegri cant rely on ibra and pato every single game and say he have the best attackers. It wont hold. he MUST play with AMF.

Giancarlo
Giancarlo
9 years ago
Reply to  Shervin

Bull crap.

We have been playing with attacking midfielders… we have played Boateng as an AMF. People will dispute how effective he is, but he’s had a good season. You don’t really have a clue man.

Shervin
Shervin
9 years ago
Reply to  Giancarlo

We all know giancarlo that boateng played as trequartista as there wasnt any other options. But he isnt a real AMF, and yes he did fine. But still he aint no AMF. And once again we all know this, but do I have to explain it to you?

A REAL ATTACKING MIDFIELDER, do you get it now?
Are you going to argue with me now and say boateng is an AMF? Hes not, but a very very good midfielder.

Giancarlo
Giancarlo
9 years ago
Reply to  Shervin

More bull crap.

THis is just getting old isn’t? Who do you suggest then? Kaka? I’m going to laugh…

TWF
TWF
9 years ago

for all pirlo fans, be realistic please. pirlo has passed his best and allegri doesn’t include pirlo as part of his plan. to some extent i agree that pirlo has contributed quite a lot for milan’s success. on the other hand, i do agree with allegri’s strategy to utilize a STRONG defensive midfielder (DM) i.e MvB instead of pirlo. pirlo simply cannot defence well. that’s why ancelloti use 2 DMs on the LM and RM position to cover milan’s defensive lines. when mou coached inter, he knew that with 2 DMs plus pirlo on midfields, milan did not have creativity.… Read more »

Yehez Kiel
9 years ago
Reply to  TWF

NO TIKI TAKA!!! even though i dont encourage long balls.. id rather have milan do that cause i guess its in our blood.. if we have a unique play style we should stick to it.. not BS tiki-taka..

Yehez Kiel
9 years ago
Reply to  TWF

i prefer the brazilian jogo bonito style of play which i actually use at matches.. 😀 best play style ever!!!

penzo
penzo
9 years ago
Reply to  TWF

no tiki taki man! do you want every team in the planet to play like barca? milan is milan. pirlo is the best , and i hope tu see him win trophies, even though im rossoneri for life. il metronome, l,architteto , forza pirloooo
NO PIRLO< NO PARTY!!! ti amiamo!!!!!

rossonero23
9 years ago

I think we can win the CL with Boateng as our Trequartista:):)

Giancarlo
Giancarlo
9 years ago
Reply to  rossonero23

Who says he will play as a trequartista next season? Not happening. He’ll be in midfield.

Yehez Kiel
9 years ago
Reply to  Giancarlo

umm galliani and boateng himself said so.. 😛

enkel
enkel
9 years ago
Reply to  Yehez Kiel

Galliani knows nothing but how to get a world class player with the cheapest price bro..

Yehez Kiel
9 years ago
Reply to  enkel

lol.. maybe thats why hes vice-president instead of coach! lolololol

Giancarlo
Giancarlo
9 years ago
Reply to  Yehez Kiel

don’t think so man! Boateng isn’t playing in attackign midfield.

Guess we have some know-it-alls on here don’t we?

Yehez Kiel
9 years ago
Reply to  Giancarlo

actually he did.. and yeah.. we do have a know-it-all and its YOU..

Giancarlo
Giancarlo
9 years ago
Reply to  Giancarlo

here this idiot goes again… wonder what next he will say? shut your mouth.

Yehez Kiel
9 years ago
Reply to  Giancarlo

omg giancarlo just told me to shut up.. im soooo scared.. (biggest sarcasm ever)

Giancarlo
Giancarlo
9 years ago

The drug addict Shervin is citing Liverpoop… LMAO! They haven’t won the fucking league in YEARS.. I think the last time was like 15 years ago.

Andy CArroll has been shit.

Shervin
Shervin
9 years ago
Reply to  Giancarlo

I said they replaced a striker with 2 strikers. Dont try to be funny dude, where did i say liverpool won the league? Is your brain co-operating with you? Do you know what your saying?

Giancarlo
Giancarlo
9 years ago
Reply to  Shervin

You don’t try to be funny. Liverpoop hasn’t won a damn title in like 15 years before it was even called the Premier League… lol. You’re messed up in the mind. They replaced Torres with a Newcastle midtable striker.

Andy Carroll is NOT world class…

Shervin
Shervin
9 years ago
Reply to  Giancarlo

Who said anything about world class? Your starting to sound very scary now, you need to see a doctor.

Caroll is a very average player, just like your boyfriend flamini. As good flamini is as a midfielder so is caroll as striker.

“Liverpool hasnt won a damn title in like 15 years?”

How about FA cup 2006, league cup 2003. CL in 2005, UEFA super cup 2005. This is “not a damn thing”

Stupid sorry ass freak

Giancarlo
Giancarlo
9 years ago
Reply to  Shervin

You’re the one who needs to see a doctor and get your head checked out. Andy Carroll is a pile of shit.

I’ve said that many times. You are a moron as always. Always making up stupid crap to justify your stupid fucking arguments.

And Liverpoop hasn’t won a LEAGUE title in 15 years. They’ve never won the Premier League, you dense syphilitic monkey. I don’t care for the FA Cup or League Cup. Moron.

rossonero23
9 years ago

Liverpoop.

lmao

Pool have never won the Premiere league.

iMilansta
iMilansta
9 years ago

Hi I think its a mistake that Pirlo is leaving, we haven’t learned from our previous mistake when we sold Kaka, Pirlo at the beginning of the season was amazing but when he got injured he changed i know but its perfectly normal don’t forget Pato when he came back from his injury he wasn’t good because it takes time to get back to the level your used to, I’m really heart broken by this decision, as Milan fan i never thought that there will come a day where i see our beloved Pirlo leave Milan and wear different colors,… Read more »

TWF
TWF
9 years ago

dear Fransisco and all pirlo’s fans, i understand that you all miss pirlo so much after his departure. i have watched and followed milan since 1988-1989 when the famous trio basten-gullit-rijkaard came. i have watched many milan’s midfielders and i know very well when i have to make comparison about the players. with all respects, i agree that pirlo has something special from his skills. but i would say that he simply does not have excellent quality in defensive skills (which is the core skills required for a defensive midfielder). imo, the best milan’s DMs since 1989 are : rijkaard… Read more »