Football's enigmatic king of cool, Pirlo oozes class and experience at every turn both domestically and at international level.
A seasoned veteran of five Serie A titles, two Champions League Crowns, a World Cup triumph and 112 senior caps, the 35-year-old possesses immense technical quality and his ability to control the flow and tempo of a match from his deep-lying midfield position is almost unrivalled across the world.
Having suitably imposed himself on England during the Azzurri's narrow opening Group D win, Pirlo was unfortunately powerless to help Cesare Prandelli's side from succumbing to subsequent defeats to Costa Rica and Uruguay that ultimately cost them a place in the round of 16.
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