Andrea Pirlo - The Architect / The Professor.
Pirlo was 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, as well as for being a free-kick specialist.
At Milan, manager Carlo Ancelotti decided to shift Pirlo in front of the defence as a deep-lying playmaker, which allowed him more time on the ball to orchestrate his team's attacks. Pirlo excelled in his new role and soon developed into a world-class midfielder, playing a key role in Milan's subsequent successes, as he won two UEFA Champions Leagues, two UEFA Super Cups, two Serie A titles, a FIFA Club World Cup, a Supercoppa Italiana and a Coppa Italia with the club. After joining Juventus on a free transfer in 2011, who had gone trophyless since 2003, he added four more Serie A titles, which he won consecutively, as well as two Supercoppa Italiana titles and a Coppa Italia. After playing in Italy for over 20 seasons, Pirlo joined MLS expansion franchise New York City FC in 2015, helping the team to reach the playoffs in his second and third seasons. In November 2017, Pirlo retired at the end of the MLS season.
Club (over 10 appearances):
Brescia (47), Inter (22), Reggino (28), Brescia (10), Milan (284), Juventus (119), New York City FC (60)
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