Wisdom Lives in Words

Memorable Quotes by Andrea Pirlo

When I take my free-kicks, I think in Portuguese, and at most, I'll do the celebrating in my native tongue.
Andrea Pirlo
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In order to go all the way, you need everyone's contribution.
Andrea Pirlo
When you start to achieve success, you want to get more.
Andrea Pirlo
One part of my job I'll never learn to love is the pre-match warm-up. I hate it with every fibre of my being. It actually disgusts me.
Andrea Pirlo
Since I was a child, I watched tapes of Baggio, Zico, and Maradona, and then I tried to replicate them just playing on my own against the wall. Certainly it's talent, but you have to cultivate that talent.
Andrea Pirlo
I'd have signed for Real in a heartbeat. They're a club with more glamour than Milan; more prospects, more appeal, more everything. They strike fear in their opponents, whoever they happen to be.
Andrea Pirlo
There are many talented midfielders but not the kind of playmaker I am.
Andrea Pirlo
The Ballon d'Or has never been something that I've missed.
Andrea Pirlo
Surely it was the best decision of my career to sign for Juventus.
Andrea Pirlo
I've learned lots, obviously - the first thing being never to forget to be grateful. The second is not to bear grudges, because in football, luck does not exist.
Andrea Pirlo
There are so many different factors - luck, being in good shape when it matters, the draw. For these reasons, it's hard to win a European Cup.
Andrea Pirlo
When there is a solid base of Italian players, those who come in take their example, and then everyone is working in the same direction.
Andrea Pirlo
I spent the afternoon of Sunday 9 July, 2006 in Berlin sleeping and playing the PlayStation. In the evening, I went out and won the World Cup.
Andrea Pirlo
I've never told anyone, but my ambition is to become the leading all-time scorer of free kicks in Serie A.
Andrea Pirlo
The secret for someone in my position is to keep it simple. Keep possession and keep the ball moving quickly so that you tire out your opponents; that's my method.
Andrea Pirlo
In football, like in life, there are always millimetres which can change things - the course of a goal or of a life.
Andrea Pirlo
Top European clubs are always progressing with what they can do off the field. Training is getting more scientific, and we are constantly getting more educated on nutrition.
Andrea Pirlo
It's the best thing that can happen to a player. Being able to play at the World Cup is already the best, but then to raise the trophy to the sky is a dream.
Andrea Pirlo
I always play to win. I always have big targets in mind.
Andrea Pirlo
You give any team Pogba and Zlatan in one window, and they are capable of special things.
Andrea Pirlo
My favourite England player is Harry Kane.
Andrea Pirlo
When great teams meet, there is never a problem with concentration.
Andrea Pirlo
I came to New York City as a player, so my objective is to take the team as high as possible, preferably to victory. If that helps Major League Soccer grow, then that's welcome, too, but I was signed as a New York City FC player and to do what's best for the team.
Andrea Pirlo
Messi is the best player in the world; he is amazing.
Andrea Pirlo
Ancelotti moved me to a new position and helped me raise my game.
Andrea Pirlo
As a player, you just want to be at a club where you can achieve everything you want to.
Andrea Pirlo
I was lucky enough to play for the top three Italian clubs during the golden era of Italian football, so I have no regrets.
Andrea Pirlo
All my ex-teammates didn't want to become coaches, yet they've all done it.
Andrea Pirlo
My passion is always the same. In fact, with a new adventure, the passion always grows.
Andrea Pirlo
After the wheel, the PlayStation is the best invention of all time.
Andrea Pirlo
For many years, Messi and Ronaldo will be the two best. After them, there is Xavi, Andres Iniesta, and others. I hope to be in the top ten.
Andrea Pirlo
I've always been able to play for the love of the sport.
Andrea Pirlo
To be useful in defence, to win back the ball, you don't always have to go sliding into the tackle. It's also about your positioning; sometimes all you have to do is take a step back.
Andrea Pirlo
Thanks to Conte, I got the urge of coaching, and I thank him for that.
Andrea Pirlo
I am extremely lucky - I met Antonio Conte. I had so many coaches to compare him to, and he is the one that surprised me the most.
Andrea Pirlo
Not to feel important, be important - that's the most important thing.
Andrea Pirlo
First objective is always that of winning.
Andrea Pirlo
I have always said that it is fundamental to have a strong core of Italian players in a club squad. At AC Milan, we had that and we won. The same at Juventus.
Andrea Pirlo
I played with many champions, but the important thing is always the team, as the group goes beyond any single player.
Andrea Pirlo
Being part of a team that belongs to everyone makes me feel good and at peace with myself.
Andrea Pirlo
Do I regret leaving Milan? I decided I needed a change. I needed to find new ideas, and that was the best thing for both parties.
Andrea Pirlo
Madrid is Madrid. There's nothing more to say. It's the biggest team in the world.
Andrea Pirlo
All I'm after is a few square metres to be myself. A space where I can continue to profess my creed: take the ball, give it to a team-mate, my team-mate scores. It's called an assist, and it's my way of spreading happiness.
Andrea Pirlo
Messi is always compared to Maradona, but he needs to win the World Cup because if you don't win the World Cup, you can't be up there with the very best.
Andrea Pirlo
I want to help the MLS grow and play well.
Andrea Pirlo
Until I was 30 years old, my body was used to my routine of eating pasta every single day.
Andrea Pirlo
Swearing's my release. It's the one weapon I have to defend myself against destiny when it elects to strike without pity.
Andrea Pirlo
I'd have considered myself fortunate to be coached by Guardiola because he really puts his stamp on teams. He builds them, moulds them, guides them, berates them, nurtures them. He makes them great. He takes them to a higher level; a place beyond mere football.
Andrea Pirlo
When I do retire, I am going to go back to Italy.
Andrea Pirlo
I've never needed to play for money. I play because I love football.
Andrea Pirlo
Right from the moment I arrived at Juve, I could immediately sense the club's will to win, the determination to go as far as possible as quickly as possible.
Andrea Pirlo
When you no longer feel part of the game, then you have to think about doing something else.
Andrea Pirlo
I do not have a Facebook page, and I do not chat on Twitter. I don't have a web site, even if there are people who have opened one in my name, complete with my photo.
Andrea Pirlo
I used to watch Juninho's free-kicks without being able to figure out how he hit them. I tried and tried until, eventually, I came up with my own way to strike them.
Andrea Pirlo
I'm Italian, but I'm also a little Brazilian: Pirlonho, if you like.
Andrea Pirlo
I'm a bit of a wandering gypsy on the pitch.
Andrea Pirlo
When you're rivals, you can never be friends.
Andrea Pirlo
As a player, you get to the stage where you realise that you are not 25 anymore - and can't play the way you used to. The intelligent players adapt - and Steven Gerrard has the ability to do that. He is an excellent passer of the ball, possesses an intelligent football brain, and has great vision.
Andrea Pirlo
If you look after yourself and are willing to adapt - there is no reason why you can't play at the top level until your late 30s.
Andrea Pirlo
When someone decides to come to the U.S., he knows what he's getting into.
Andrea Pirlo
I don't like going on TV programmes.
Andrea Pirlo
I never compete to take part but to finish first.
Andrea Pirlo
I stick to a Mediterranean diet with fresh produce and olive oil. On a normal day, my diet is divided into the three main meals. I don't eat any other snack between meals during the day.
Andrea Pirlo
Better to leave before someone else has the idea of sending you away.
Andrea Pirlo
One of the biggest misconceptions is that players care about transfer fees. For a player, they do not care at all. They do not care if they move clubs for one million, 10 million, or 100 million Euros. That is just something a player leaves to his agent and the clubs.
Andrea Pirlo
I think if somebody knows how to play the game, he or she can play anywhere. You know how to fit in.
Andrea Pirlo
Being a philosopher is to think, seek wisdom, and have principles that guide and influence what you do. It's to give meaning to things, find your way in the world, believe that in the end, in every instance, good will overcome evil, even if there's a bit of suffering along the way.
Andrea Pirlo
Scoring from a dead-ball brings me massive satisfaction. It sets me up as an example for other players to follow, copy, and perhaps even emulate over the course of time. For them, I'm a Juninho Pernambucano 2.0, a Brazilian with a Brescia accent.
Andrea Pirlo
To get onto the Maracana pitch is the dream of every child.
Andrea Pirlo
People compare me to Verratti, and I do really like him, but we have very different playing styles.
Andrea Pirlo
There were times we were kept in our dressing room until late at night because it wasn't safe to go home. Our bus would get attacked, the tires slit.
Andrea Pirlo
I think that soccer is one thing, and money is another thing.
Andrea Pirlo
I've always been used to playing 60 games - one every three days - and I've played on artificial turf. There is artificial turf in Europe as well in some places. There is heat as well. And if it's hot for me at 110 degrees Fahrenheit, it's hot for the others as well.
Andrea Pirlo
You can be lucky for a few years, but in the end, your defects will emerge. The reality is different. People are watching you, and those who know how to play will progress, while those who don't will remain in the lower levels.
Andrea Pirlo
Yes, many times an assist is more difficult than a goal; you need to find the right space and measure the force used in order to provide your teammate with the right position in order to score.
Andrea Pirlo
I played with Baggio when I was young. I grew up with his myth, and to actually play with him was like being in a dream. I tried to hang out with him, to study how he played and to learn from him.
Andrea Pirlo
Real Madrid? Any player would like to play for them.
Andrea Pirlo
I think MLS is as important as any of the national leagues.
Andrea Pirlo
I like English football a lot.
Andrea Pirlo
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 the club the size of Manchester United for free - and I think Juventus are still laughing.
Andrea Pirlo
It's clear that anyone who plays in Belgium or another league with less quality still has a chance of making the Champions League or the Europa League.
Andrea Pirlo
I love the food scene in New York.
Andrea Pirlo
I never had any doubts. I wanted MLS. I'd followed it on TV, and I liked it. And being able to play in New York did the rest. I don't know if I would have accepted an offer from any other city.
Andrea Pirlo
Each free kick carries my name, and all are my children. And they have South American roots.
Andrea Pirlo
Pogba has never stopped improving. He has everything to become a great player. If he keeps his head on his shoulders, he can make history.
Andrea Pirlo
I still have a thorn in my side at not having played for Real Madrid or Barcelona, because playing there is a dream for every player. But I consider myself very satisfied to have played for the best teams in Italy.
Andrea Pirlo
Just being able to go out to dinner at the trendiest restaurants - in Italy, I can't do that.
Andrea Pirlo
I'm not one that cares for publicity.
Andrea Pirlo
Before every match, I eat pasta with tomato and chicken breast a few hours beforehand. In the hottest months, I choose to drink an energy drink before the match, too, but normally, I drink just water.
Andrea Pirlo
Sometimes a pinch of sadism is the ingredient that makes victory taste that little bit sweeter.
Andrea Pirlo
When I was a kid, I'd take a small foam ball and try to get my shot over the couch so it would finish in the corner of the window.
Andrea Pirlo
To be honest, I don't see anyone out there who plays the way I do.
Andrea Pirlo
As the years go by, you have to realise when it is the right time to do something different.
Andrea Pirlo
People who don't know me think I'm so serious. I'm a prankster; I like to have fun with the people who know me better.
Andrea Pirlo
If I look in the mirror when I get up or before going to bed at night, I see a man of average ugliness with stubble, an unruly mane of hair, a squint nose, slightly protruding ears, and bags under my eyes. But I also see a man who's completely happy with the figure staring back at him.
Andrea Pirlo
I want to be successful in playing the game. I'm going to do my best to help myself and my teammates play in the best possible way and reach successful results.
Andrea Pirlo
It would actually be a dream way to end my time in Turin, by winning the Champions League.
Andrea Pirlo
It's not easy to win the Champions League.
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