Former South Korean and Manchester United midfielder Park Ji-sung has named New York City FC playmaker Andrea Pirlo as the best in the world. The Korean described the Italian maestro as the one of the best in his generation. Park was full of praise for the former AC Milan and Juventus star. Pirlo is set to hang up his boots after the end of the MLS season in December.
The debate of 'coolest footballer' starts and ends with Andrea Pirlo ????
He's retiring from football in December…what a career! ???? pic.twitter.com/f4xWycfE16
— BT Sport Football (@btsportfootball) October 8, 2017
A career full of honours
Pirlo enjoyed an illustrious career at Milan where he won two Champions League titles. He later moved to Juventus, but it hardly stopped him from exploiting the Serie A teams with his skill and class. The Italian won six Scudetto along with two Coppa Italia in his tenure at Milan and Juventus. The playmaker was at his inspirational best in Italy’s run to the World Cup glory in 2006. After a Champions League final loss to Barcelona in 2015, Pirlo moved to Major League Soccer.
Happy retirement, Andrea Pirlo.
755 club games ????????
116 senior caps ????????
86 goals ⚽️
17 trophies ????
One of the coolest to ever do it. ???? pic.twitter.com/xmesLx309s
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A player who could dictate the game
Park believes that the accolades showered on Pirlo is well-deserved and he easily is one of the best to have graced the beautiful game.
“He was not a big player physically, but his ability in passing, taking free-kicks, shooting from distance, play-making was the best in the world at that time,” Park told Goal.
“I believe he was a great player who could dictate the game. He was the biggest threat to any team who played against his team,” he added.
Parj Ji-sung on Andrea Pirlo: “I believe he was a great player who could dictate the game. He was the biggest threat to any team." pic.twitter.com/6haVozlyer
— Squawka News (@SquawkaNews) October 17, 2017
From Master to Gaffer
Andrea Pirlo has hinted at management job once he retires. However, he doesn’t seem to be in a hurry to get into management. He has said that he will take some rest before taking any other job. Pirlo has been linked to Chelsea job under Conte, who managed him both in Italy and Juventus.
Pirlo is someone near about perfect to the role he performs. He was exceptional throughout his career and his retirement would be a void in the football world. Now the master stepping into the management world will be interesting, as Pirlo is someone who is not impressed very soon.