Sunday May 22 2011
Nesta: 'Pirlo is a football genius'

Alessandro Nesta waves goodbye to Milan teammate Andrea Pirlo. “He's one of the last who can be called a football genius.”

The club decided not to renew his contract, so Pirlo will play his final game for the Rossoneri this evening before heading to Juventus.

“Pirlo is one of the last who can be called a football genius,” Nesta told La Stampa newspaper.

“He sometimes looks like he might be asleep, but he is really a rock in the locker room and is worth 10 men.

“Friendship does exist in football and we are very close, so it's a shame to see him leave, but it is only right that he chooses his path.”

Nesta's contract was also set to expire on June 30, but he has extended until 2012.

“I have no intention of hanging up my boots. I lost a year due to my back injury and I intend to get it back. If it won't be here at Milan, then it will be abroad.

“Nobody knows what will happen in the future. I would like to be a Coach, but I realise it's not something I am cut out for.

“I am too close to my wife and two children, so I couldn't stand continually packing their bags to drag them around the country following work.”