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Wednesday November 8 2017
Camoranesi: 'Di Natale better than Pirlo'

Mauro Camoranesi trusts Italy will beat Sweden in the World Cup play-off, but insists Antonio Di Natale was more “technically-gifted” than Andrea Pirlo.

The 2006 World Cup winner spoke to Top Calcio 24 ahead of the clashes in Stockholm on Friday evening and Milan on Monday.

“If the play-offs were a one-off game, then Italy may well have been at risk, but over 180 minutes they will certainly qualify,” said Camoranesi.

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Wednesday November 8 2017
Pirlo: 'Thank you all'

Andrea Pirlo sent a thank you message to football fans after hanging up his boots. “I would never have imagined” such a response.

The former Italy midfielder announced his retirement after New York City FC were eliminated from the MLS post season.

He took to his personal Twitter account to communicate with his supporters all over the world.

“I want to thank you all for the warmth and love that you showed me. I would never have imagined such an involvement. It made me very proud and happy. Once again THANK YOU!”

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Wednesday November 8 2017
De Rossi: ‘Pirlo was exceptional’

Daniele De Rossi praises Andrea Pirlo’s “exceptional career”, as well as calling him “a true friend”.

Pirlo announced his retirement this week, and if he plays either of the two games against Sweden in the World Cup play-off, De Rossi will surpass his number of Italy caps, with both currently on 116.

“The whole world has talked about Pirlo,” De Rossi said in today’s Press conference.

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Tuesday November 7 2017
Evra: ‘Pirlo has hands for feet!’

Patrice Evra describes former Juventus teammate Andrea Pirlo as “the only player with a hand in place of a foot”.

The midfielder announced his retirement yesterday, and this afternoon the French left-back has joined those from the world of football paying tribute to the 38-year-old.

“MAESTRO,” Evra wrote on his Instagram, accompanied by a picture of himself with Pirlo.

“You’re the only player I played with who has a hand in place of a foot. Truly a phenomenon.”

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Tuesday November 7 2017
Gattuso: ‘Pirlo made me want to quit’

Gennaro Gattuso says watching Milan teammate Andrea Pirlo made him want to “change profession”.

The pair played together for Carlo Ancelotti’s Rossoneri, with Ringhio doing the leg work while his more creative teammate supplied the fantasy.

Following the latter’s retirement yesterday, Gattuso was asked on Radio 24 whether his work had made Pirlo better, and he scoffed at the suggestion.

“Don’t talk nonsense, let’s not confuse Nutella with ****,” the Milan Primavera boss replied.

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Tuesday November 7 2017
Pirlo could return to Juventus

Andrea Pirlo could reportedly return to Juventus as an ambassador, or take a role with the Italy squad.

The legendary midfielder officially announced his retirement yesterday, having played his final match on Sunday night for New York City FC against Columbus Crew.

According to La Repubblica, Pirlo will now have a period of rest after which he’s almost certain to return to Italy.

The newspaper believes there’s an offer on the table from Juventus to act as a club ambassador, playing for the Juventus Legends team overseen by David Trezeguet.

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Monday November 6 2017
‘Pirlo could have played 10 more years’

Mario Balotelli pays tribute to the retiring Andrea Pirlo, adding the former Italy midfielder could have played for ’10 more years.’

38-year-old Pirlo confirmed his retirement after his final club, Major League Soccer outfit New York City FC, were eliminated from the end of season play-offs last night.

Tributes have been flooding in for the ex-Milan and Juventus man, who was also part of Italy’s 2006 World Cup-winning squad.

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Monday November 6 2017
Football world pays tribute to Pirlo

The world of football has paid tribute to Andrea Pirlo, after he announced his retirement earlier today.

The 38-year-old has hung up his boots for the final time, after coming on as a late substitute for New York City FC in last night’s MLS play-off.

Former clubs, teammates and others have been quick to pay tribute to Pirlo, with former club Juventus calling him “a true genius of the beautiful game”.

Milan, another of his former clubs, recounted the trophies he won in Rossonero, before wishing him "all the best".

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Monday November 6 2017
Pirlo’s top five Italy moments

Andrea Pirlo has officially confirmed his retirement from football, so Football Italia takes a look back at his best moments from his 116 Italy caps.

The midfielder sits fourth on the all-time list for most caps, behind only Gianluigi Buffon, Fabio Cannavaro and Paolo Maldini, though Daniele De Rossi will surpass him on his next appearance.

The regista won the World Cup in 2006, and has been a decisive player for the Azzurri throughout his career.

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Monday November 6 2017
Official: Pirlo confirms retirement

Andrea Pirlo has officially confirmed his retirement, having played his final match for New York City FC last night.

The 38-year-old has played for Inter, Milan and Juventus among others, and won the World Cup with Italy in 2006.

“Last match in MLS,” Pirlo wrote on his Twitter profile.

“As my time in NYCFC comes to an end, I would like to say a few words. I want to thank everybody for the support they have shown me in this incredible city.

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