Monday May 30 2011
Pirlo: Barcelona simply the best

New Juventus signing Andrea Pirlo has congratulated Barcelona after their Champions League win.

The Spanish giants underlined their ability with a 3-1 triumph over Manchester United at Wembley on Saturday evening.

"Barcelona are the strongest side of the last 50 years," Pirlo told La Gazzetta dello Sport on Monday. "Nobody plays football like Barca."

The Italian international was linked with a switch to the Nou Camp a few years ago, but he only left Milan this summer for Juventus.

"The air in Turin is full of a desire to get back to winning ways," continued the Bosman arrival.

"The impression of the club was a good one from the very first minute that I met President Andrea Agnelli.

"The club wants to get back to the top."

Pirlo signed a three-year deal with the Turin giants, but he has revealed that they won't be the last team of his career.

"The idea of ending my playing days at Brescia is still there," he said when asked to comment on his hometown club.

"I'd like to contribute to a club who launched me in this game and that are in my heart. We'll talk about it again in a few years.

"I'm saddened by their relegation, but there are not a shortage of industrialists in Brescia. I hope that one of them helps President Gino Corioni."

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