Italian midfield maestro Andrea Pirlo's ability to dictate play like a puppet master has been a firm fixture of European football for more than a decade now, which makes the release of his autobiography, rather brilliantly named 'I Think Therefore I Play', all the more intriguing.
The 34-year-old has lifted just about every major honour the modern game has to offer, including two Champions Leagues, two Serie A titles and most famously of all the World Cup in 2006, but it's his experiences away from the field which often illuminate a revealing insight into the psyche of a cultured living legend of the game.
Pirlo's penalty dramas, transfer near misses and surprise addictions are all covered in detail, but to give a flavour of what's on offer across 150 pages GMS lovingly brings you eight of the very best quotes from a book which translates into an enjoyable yarn for any genuine wannabe European football hipster.
Click ahead to check out some of the most memorable sentences from a well-above average in the cluttered field of football autobiographies.
Andrea Pirlo: I Think Therefore I Play is out now in paperback (£9.99) and all electronic formats by BackPage Press.