Andrea Pirlo is an Italian professional football player who played a key role in the country’s World Cup victory in 2006. A set-piece and penalty-kick specialist, he is widely regarded as one of the greatest midfield playmakers of all time. As an attacking midfielder, he began his club career at various clubs, but his lack of pace often prevented him from breaking into the starting line-up. Brescia manager Carlo Mazzone made the innovative decision to use Pirlo as a deep-lying playmaker during his time there. Pirlo thrived in that role.
In addition to his outstanding, almost supernatural passing ability, he was a key player in A.C. Roma’s dominance of both the Italian and European football circuits. As a free agent in 2011, he joined Juventus and had a similarly productive run with them. 116 appearances make him the fourth most capped player for the Italian national team. He captained the bronze-medal-winning Italian team at the 2004 Summer Olympics. He currently plays for New York City FC in the United States.
Andrea Pirlo Bio/Wiki[table id=2732 /]
Pirlo was born on May 19, 1979, in Flero, a commune in the province of Brescia, Lombardy, Italy, to parents Luigi and Lidia. His brother is Ivan. Pirlo was a football protégé. Growing up, he played on the sand with his brother and friends in the seaside resort Viareggio in Tuscany, where his family spent holidays.
At the age of 13, he and his team, the ‘Voluntas Brescia U15s’, received international attention at the 1992 ‘Dana Cup’. Before being knocked out, they made it to the semi-finals.
In 2001, Andrea Pirlo married Deborah Roversi. They have two children together: son Niccolo is a 2003 baby and daughter Angela is a 2006 baby. It was a 13-year marriage before the couple divorced in 2014. Later, it was reported that Pirlo was having an affair with Valentina Baldini, a real estate agent he met at his golf club.
His autobiography, ‘Penso Quindi Gioco’ (I Think, Therefore I Play), was published on April 30, 2013, by ‘Arnoldo Mondadori Editore’. The book was consistently cited and brimming with charm and wit and was well-received by critics and fans alike.
Andrea Pirlo Net Worth
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Pirlo earns an annual salary of up to £7.5 million (€8m/$9.8m) as head coach of Juventus, according to online sources. The Serie A side has signed Pirlo to a two-year contract worth £14 million (€15.5m/$18m) over two years.
As part of his contract, he is also expected to receive signing and tournament-winning bonuses, resulting in a salary of £16 million (€18m/$20m) over the course of two years at the Allianz.
It is slightly less than what other top-class coaches earn in lucrative divisions such as the Premier League.
Compared to Jose Mourinho’s salary at Tottenham, Pep Guardiola earns £15 million (€16.5m/$18.5m) a year as Manchester City manager. Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is reported to earn £10 million (€11m/$12.5m) annually.
Pirlo has had previous deals with the likes of Nike throughout his playing career and beyond, which included a special limited edition of the Nike Tiempo Legend 6 boot released specifically for the ex-midfielder. As part of the Andrea Pirlo Project, Juventus’ head coach also has a partnership with Rolex, which has released his own Submariner watch.
Pirlo was involved in a number of charities during his playing career and after retirement, playing in high-profile charity football matches in support of a variety of organizations – including the Piedmontese Foundation for Cancer Research. He has shown his support for the fight against racism in football by joining other FIFA legends in their fight against discrimination.
- At the age of 16, Andrea Pirlo played his first ‘Serie A’ game against Reggiana on May 21, 1995, for Brescia. Mircea Lucescu, coach of Inter Milan, was impressed by his play, and he brought him into his squad. He wasn’t a very productive player for the club; he wasn’t often seen on the field.
- For the 1999-2000 season, Inter temporarily loaned him to Reggina, and he turned out to be very good.
- During the next season, he was once again loaned out, this time to Brescia, his former club. Coach Carlo Mazzone was the first coach to put him in front of the defense. He led the team to a respectable seventh place in the league while playing alongside his childhood idol, Roberto Baggio.
- He was purchased by AC Milan from Inter after spending three seasons on Inter’s books. There he met the team’s manager Carlo Ancelotti who would guide his career in a new direction that would ultimately make him a world-class player. It was against the Belarusian team ‘BATE Borisov’ in the UEFA Cup on September 20, 2001, that he made his debut for the team. The match ended in a 2-0 victory for Milan.
- He won two ‘Serie A ‘titles (2004 and 2011), two ‘UEFA Champions Leagues’ (2003 and 2007), and two ‘UEFA Super Cups’ (2003 and 2007) as a midfielder for Milan throughout the next decade. During his time with the club, he played 401 matches and scored 41 goals.
- He left Milan after reaching a mutual agreement with the club in 2011. Juventus signed him on a free transfer and he debuted in Serie A with a 4-1 win over Parma.
- Before Pirlo came to Juventus, the team had been trophyless since 2003. He brought four Serie A titles (2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015), two Supercoppa Italiana titles (2012 and 2013), and a Coppa Italia (2015) to the club. He played in 164 matches for them and scored 19 goals.
- After signing with New York City FC in 2015, he has been with the Major League Soccer team to date.
- The Italian U21 team’s captain, Andrea Pirlo, earned the best player and top scorer awards during the 2000 ‘European Championship’. At the 2004 Summer Olympics, he won the Bronze medal. He was in Italy’s Olympic squads in 2000 and 2004.
- At 23, he made his senior debut in a 2-0 win against Azerbaijan. As part of his country’s 2006 World Cup qualifying campaign, he played an important role.
- On July 4, he scored Italy’s opening goal against Ghana and helped Fabio Grosso open the scoring against Germany in the semi-finals.
- In the final against France on July 9, he continued his stellar play. After a hard-fought match, it went to a penalty shootout after both teams could not break the 1-1 deadlock. It was he who took the first spot-kick from the Italian side, successfully converting it into a goal. The Italians won the match and became World Champions for the first time in 24 years. In both the semi-final and final matches, Pirlo was named the ‘Man of the Match.
- In the 2012 Euro Cup, he served as the vice-captain to Gianluigi Buffon. They beat England, Ireland, and Germany to reach the final where they lost to Spain 4-0.
- Despite having announced his retirement from international football after the 2014 World Cup, he returned to the Italian squad for the 2016 European Cup qualifiers. The move to the US, however, had unintended consequences. On May 23, 2016, it was announced that he had not been selected for the 30-man Euro 2016 squad.
Facts About Andrea Pirlo
- In lower Brescia, he owns a vineyard and winery, Pratum Coller, that produces around 15–20,000 bottles per year of white and red wine.
- In 2000, he was the captain of the Italian team at the UEFA European Under-21 Championship. The Italian team won the tournament and Pirlo won the Golden Player award.
- In the final of the 2006 FIFA World Cup, which they won on penalties, he was named player of the match.
- Three times he has been voted Serie A Footballer of the Year – in 2012, 2013, and 2014.
- Before Brescia manager Carlo Mazzone moved him to a deep midfield position in his career, he was primarily an advanced playmaker or support striker.
- Pirlo briefly considered retiring from football after his side AC Milan lost the Champions League final on penalties to Liverpool in 2005 after leading the match with three goals by halftime.
- Andrea Pirlo is one of only a few Italian players to have played for the three most successful clubs in the league, Inter Milan, AC Milan, and Juventus.
- During his time at AC Milan, he won two Serie A titles, two UEFA Champions Leagues, and one Coppa Italia cup.
- With an $8 million salary, he became the highest-paid Italian player across all professional leagues on July 6, 2015.
- Andrea Pirlo became the first-ever MLS player to be selected for the FIFPRO World XI in November 2015.
- At the 2012 UEFA Euro, he and Spanish midfielder Andres Iniesta both won three Man of the Match awards.
- Almost moved to Chelsea in 2009 after his former coach Carlo Ancelotti joined the English side and placed a $12 million bid that was ultimately rejected by AC Milan owner Silvio Berlusconi.
- Having played 116 times for the Italian national team, Pirlo is the fourth-most capped player in the history of the team behind Paolo Maldini, Fabio Cannavaro, and Gianluigi Buffon.
- He won four consecutive Serie A titles with Juventus from 2011-2012, 2012-2013, 2013-2014, and 2014-2015, and one Coppa Italia cup from 2014-15, as well as two Supercoppa Italiana titles from 2012 and 2013.
- In March 2015, he was inducted into the AC Milan Hall of Fame for his contributions to the club during his 10-year stay.
- For four seasons, he has been named to the Serie A Team of the Year – 2011-2012, 2012-2013, 2013-2014, and 2014-2015.
- After the 2012 UEFA Euro, he was inducted into the team of the tournament, and the UEFA Euro All-Time XI was selected in 2016.
- Growing up, Pirlo’s idol was the German midfielder Lothar Herbert Matthäus, who Pirlo admired for his goal-scoring skills from the number 10 position.
- Against Torino, he scored a free-kick goal on April 26, 2015, which put him at the top of the list for most free-kick goals. Both have scored 28 goals from free-kicks.
- In the summer of 2010, Catalan coach Pep Guardiola invited Pirlo to his office and asked him if he would like to join Barcelona, which Pirlo was keen on, but AC Milan refused to budge.
- Pirlo draws inspiration from Brazilian star Juninho Pernambucano when it comes to free kicks. He developed his technique while sitting on the toilet.
Andrea Pirlo is married to Deborah Roversi.
Pirlo spent the 2020-21 season coaching Juventus where he won the Coppa Italia and Supercoppa Italiana titles with a team that included FC Dallas academy product and USMNT midfielder Weston McKennie. A former AC Milan and Juventus player, Pirlo still keeps an eye on the league.
Andrea Pirlo retired from the game in 2017, at the end of a stint in MLS with New York City FC, his sense of style on and off the pitch earning him the reputation as the sport’s “King of Cool”.