Andrea Pirlo caused a small whirlwind over the weekend after he appeared to claim that he and his Juventus teammates burst into fits of laughter following Paul Pogba's first training session with the club.
They were not laughing at the talented teenager but at Manchester United, who had just allowed him to leave after Sir Alex Ferguson refused to give him the first-team football he demanded. They instantly knew the legendary manager had made a massive mistake.
The quotes appeared in the Daily Mail and there was little reason to suggest they were not true. Whilst few people agree with everything they write, their sports desk is usually a reliable place to find news. We here at GiveMeSport covered the comments without hesitation.
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However, it turns out they had an off day and, well, completely made up the interview. How do we know? Pirlo told us. The veteran Italian football took to social media to call the publication out, even posting a picture that read, "Caution. No bulls*** zone".
The New York City star said: "Just to make it clear, I never gave any interview to the daily mail talking about Pogba and Manchester."
Here is the post
Just in case we missed it, he put it on Twitter as well:
The original story was written by the Mail on Sunday's Rob Draper, who is widely regarded as one of the most reputable on the team. He regularly appears on Sky Sports show Sunday Supplement and has one of those little blue ticks next to his name on Twitter.
It is not labelled as an exclusive so there is every chance he found the comments elsewhere and failed to check they were real before running with it himself.
The allegedly fake comments read as follows:
"On the first training session Pogba had with Juventus the players were laughing.
"We were not laughing for any other reason than we were just in total disbelief that this player with so much obvious ability was able to leave a club the size of Manchester United for free — and I think Juventus are still laughing.
"We were walking back to the dressing room after the session and I clearly remember Gianluigi Buffon coming up to me laughing and he just said: 'Did they really let him go for free?'
"They signed a player of his quality for no money, he was a big part of them winning trophies in four seasons, and they then sell him for £90m. Whatever way you look at it, Juventus have got a great deal.
"He is the best young player I have ever seen, and I don’t think we are far away from calling him the best player in the world. It has been between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo for many years now, but football should get ready for a new king."
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