ANDREA PIRLO:ITALY’S GREATEST MIDFIELDER
A midfield maestro that plays the game at his own pace; Andrea Pirlo never panicks, neva flusters, and his propensity to retain possession under pressure is utterly out of this world.The ease to persistently pick out a pass with so much accuracy and less fuss is a joy to behold. As he bids his farewell, another champions league winning medal in Berlin would have been a perfect parting shot, but a 20yr old European career which boasts 19 major honors with club and country is still an envious one.
Since making his debut as a fledgling 16yr old for hometown club, Brescia, Andrea Pirlo has grown form strength to strength, even when he was deemed ”too old and finished” by Adriano Galliani in 2011, he joined juventus and led the Bianconeri to 4 successive Serie A titles.
Though very slow,lethargic and easy on the eye, Pirlo compensates for this with his unique mental and technical attributes. He almost never misplaces a pass, dictates the tempo of a game at will and contributes a fair share in terms of goal scoring, especially from his trademark free-kicks.
He starred for the world cup winning Italian team in 2006, where he registered a tournament-high 6 assists and 5 man of the match awards. Pirlo was the leading light for the Milan side that reached 3 champions league finals, 1 semifinal and 1 quarter final in 5yrs. The European championship remains the only trophy to elude the mercurial italian, he was reduced to tears after Italy lost 4nil to the all-conquering Spanish national team in the 2012 final,and it was easy to see why, as he and Balotelli were simply Italy’s source of inspiration throughout the tournament.
Obviously, its been a long, eventful and prosperous career for Pirlo. In a long list of great midfielders, Pirlo is arguably the best Italian football has ever produced. Although, the likes of Roberto Baggio, Roberto Mancini and Marco Tardelli are also worthy of mentions, none of them was able to consistently transcend the concept of the game as much as Pirlo did, he is the most ”Brazilian of all Europeans”.
Anyone that has been privileged to watch him closely would know we’ve never seen his like before,and we will be very blessed to ever see his equal.