Andrea Pirlo

Italian association football player and manager

Andrea Pirlo (born 19 May 1979) is an Italian former professional footballer who last played for American club New York City FC in Major League Soccer and the Italy national team. Pirlo is a free-kick specialist, who is usually deployed as a deep-lying playmaker in midfield for both his club and national sides, and he is widely regarded as one of the greatest ever exponents of this position, due to his vision, ball control, creativity and passing ability.

Andrea Pirlo in Juventus F.C., 2011

Quotes edit

  • I perceive the game in a different way. It's a question of viewpoints, of having a wide field of vision. Being able to see the bigger picture.
    • I Think Therefore I Play, 2014 [p. 12]
  • I like to think of myself as a director, on the pitch and in life
    • Ibid [p. 49]
  • For me, it's always better to keep chasing down the guy in front and maybe finish second, rather than stopping altogether.
    • Ibid [p. 15]
  • I'm a bit of a wandering gypsy on the pitch. A midfielder constantly on the lookout for an unspoilt corner where I can move freely just for a moment...A space where I can continue to profess my creed: take the ball, give it to a team-mate, team-mate scores. It's called an assist, and it's my way of spreading happiness.
    • Ibid [p. 111].
  • I strike dead balls alla Pirlo. Each shot bears my name and they're all my children.
    • Ibid [p. 115]
  • Swearing's my release, and the one weapon I have to defend myself against destiny when it elects to strike without pity.
    • Ibid [p. 91].
  • If I look in the mirror when I get up, or before going to bed a night, i see a man of average ugliness...But I also see a man who's completely happy with the figure staring back at him. Who's proud of every single second of his past.
    • Ibid [p. 147]
  • I don't feel pressure. I don't give a toss about it. I spent the afternoon of Sunday, July 9, 2006 in Berlin sleeping and playing the PlayStation. In the evening, I went out and won the World Cup.
    • Ibid [p. 12]
  • I've got a fair few kilometres under my belt, but it's the short distances that wear me out. They're tests of your mental stamina, rather than your speed. For Neil Armstrong, it was walking on the surface of the moon and, in my case, the ultra-green pitch of the Olympiastadion.
    • On the 2006 World Cup Final
    • Ibid [pp. 31-32]
  • I thought about quitting after Istanbul because nothing made sense any more...I no longer felt like a man. All of a sudden, football had become the least important thing, precisely because it was the most important: a very painful contradiction. I didn't dare look in the mirror in case my reflection spat back at me. The only possible solution I could think of was to retire.
    • On the losing the 2005 Champions League final to Liverpool
    • Ibid [pp. 84-86]
  • There are always lessons to be found in the darkest moments. It's a moral obligation to dig deep and find that little glimmer of hope or pearl of wisdom. You might hit upon an elegant phrase that stays with you and makes the journey that little less bitter. I've tried with Istanbul and haven't managed to get beyond these words: for fuck's sake.
  • Ibid [p. 88]
  • Being part of a team that belongs to everyone makes me feel good and at peace with myself. A lot of the time, it's better than sex: it lasts longer and if it all falls flat, it can't just be your fault.
    • Ibid [p. 37]

Quotes about others edit

  • A ticking timebomb of a madman
    • On Zlatan Ibrahimović
    • Ibid [p. 24]
  • He says he's slept with 700 women in his time, but he doesn't get picked for Italy any more. Deep down, can he really be happy?
    • On Antonio Cassano
    • Ibid [p. 37]
  • He's either playing or he's back at camp. He doesn't do crazy joy, isn't interested in letting his concentration slide. He just can't bear the thought of having left a stone unturned in the quest to win a game. He's also superstitious to a pretty disgusting degree.
    • On Gennaro Gattuso
    • Ibid [pp. 47-48]
  • That jackass of a dancer who took the mickey out of us by swaying about on his line
    • On Liverpool goalkeeper Jerzy Dudek during the 2005 Champions League final
    • Ibid [p. 84]
  • Simply put, he crapped. Crapped a hell of a lot. This isn't a bad thing in itself, but the fact he'd do it at the ground, in our dressing room, just before the game, got on our nerves somewhat.
    • On Fillipo Inzaghi's pre-match routine
    • Ibid [p. 93]
  • He must have been the first nuclear-powered South Korean in history
    • On Park Ji-Sung, former Manchester United midfielder
    • Ibid [p. 111].
  • He was like an orchestra conductor who'd been assembled upside down, with the baton held by his feet instead of his hands...somebody at Ikea was having a good laugh the day they put him together.
    • On Juninho, former Middlesbrough and Lyon midfielder
    • Ibid [p. 115]
  • He's a special kind of medicine, an antidote to the potentially lethal poison of racists you find in Italian grounds.
    • On Mario Balotelli
    • Ibid [p. 131].
  • His words assault you. They crash through the doors of your mind, often quite violently, and settle deep within you.
    • On Antonio Conte, Juventus coach
    • Ibid [p. 54]
  • Carlo was like a father and a teacher for me, a kind, friendly man who knew how to make things fun...A big guy with a big personality.
    • On Carlo Ancelotti, former coach of AC Milan
    • Ibid [pp. 76-79]
  • A Rolex with Swatch batteries. Utterly refined, extremely long lasting.
    • On Pep Guardiola's footballing philosophy at Barcelona
    • Ibid [p.27]
  • He's theatrical and knows exactly what he wants.
    • On Silvio Berlusconi, president of AC Milan and former Italian Prime Minister.
  • A communist co-op at the heart of a capitalist state.
    • On Juventus
    • Ibid [p. 99]

Attributed edit

  • When you're in love, it's time you need. When the feeling's gone, having an excuse can help.
    • On leaving AC Milan
    • Ibid [p. 2]
  • Being a philosopher is to think, seek wisdom and have principles that guide and influence what you do. It's to give meaning to things, find your way in the world, believe that in the end, in every instance, good will overcome evil even if there's a bit of suffering along the way.
    • Ibid [p. 28]
  • Big name collector cards sell season tickets, but it's the glue they have behind them that wins games. The defence is the most important part of the team: in military terms, success starts in the zone behind the lines.
    • Ibid [p. 72]
  • Being first on the spot, kicking off that torture in the biggest, most incredible game that a player can play or imagine...that's not necessarily good news. It means that they think you're the best, but it also means that if you miss, you're first on the list of dickheads.
    • On being chosen to take the first penalty in the World Cup final shootout
    • Ibid [p. 32]
  • Tears are a demonstration of who you are; an undeniable truth.
    • Ibid [p. 4]
  • If God exists, there's no way he's French.
    • Ibid [p. 34]
  • After the wheel, the PlayStation is the best invention of all time.
    • Ibid [p. 23]
  • The perfect moment to let your hair down is usually after a triumph, because defeats deserve a different kind of reaction...When you lose, it's all about thinking and reflecting. When you win, burping takes priority.
    • Ibid [p. 69]
  • Feeling invincible is the first step on the path to the point of no return.
    • Ibid [p. 87]
  • The best ideas come about in moments of total concentration, a state you can reach when shitting.
    • Ibid [p. 116]
  • Sometimes a pinch of sadism is the ingredient that makes victory taste that little bit sweeter.
    • Ibid [p. 118]
  • Many individuals make a team, just as many dreams make a triumph. And if you're really lucky, they make history as well.
    • Ibid [p. 119]
  • In this life, you're either a man or an actor, there's nothing in between.
    • Ibid [p. 123]
  • Passing judgement on others is always a lot of fun. Looking inwards is that little bit more difficult.
    • Ibid [p. 142]
  • After a while, I began to suspect that it wasn't Mark David Chapman who killed John Lennon. It had been one of the Milan directors.
    • On the fallout from Calciopoli
    • Ibid [p. 17]
  • It's an illness to always want more money when you've already got infinite riches.
    • On accepting bribes
    • Ibid [p. 58]
  • You're forced to tell the media a lot of crap; provided, of course, that they manage to ask you the right question...You read a dull, lifeless script written by press officers with no talent or creative spark.
    • On turning down a move from AC Milan to Real Madrid in 2006.
    • Ibid [pp. 20-21].

Quotes about Andrea Pirlo edit

  • A player of his level and ability, not to mention that he was free, I think was the signing of the century. [On Sunday] I thought God exists because it's truly embarrassing just how good he is.
  • Pirlo is just ‪class‬!
  • To pass the ball to Pirlo is to hide it in a safe.
    • Zbigniew Boniek - "[1],, June 20, 2014

References edit

Alciato, A., Palmer M., Pirlo, A. 2014 I Think Therefore I Play, Backpage Press, 150 pp.

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