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Top Must-See Goals of Andrea Pirlo's Brilliant Career

Jack Alexandros RathbornContributor IIIOctober 16, 2016

Top Must-See Goals of Andrea Pirlo's Brilliant Career

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    Andrea Pirlo continues to make us purr with joy deep into the twilight of his glorious career.

    The Azzurri legend—who was integral to Italy's World Cup triumph in Berlin—continues to be a key figure for Cesare Prandelli's new-look side that impressed so much at Euro 2012.

    Pirlo's freekicks have been a trademark of his glittering career—providing some of the most spectacular goals—despite having to duel with some of the greatest dead ball specialists of the modern game, including Ronaldinho and David Beckham.

    Here are some of the Bianconeri star's great goals, tell me your suggestions in the comments section below.

Versus Croatia, 2012

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    Cesare Prandelli was hired as the new manager of Italy after the Azzurri flopped at World Cup 2010.

    The former Fiorentina manager was asked to revitalise an ageing group of players, and inject some youth, athleticism and speed to transform the style of the side.

    Pirlo remained an ever-present though, and his goal against Croatia signalled his value to the side in a tough group match.

Versus England, 2012

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    Pirlo's penalty in the Euro 2012 quarter-final will forever remain one of the greatest moments in the tournament's history.

    With England winning 2-1 in the penalty shoot-out—up a mini-break after Riccardo Montolivo's miss—Pirlo dispatched his spot kick with such audacity that it broke the mental spirit of goalkeeper Joe Hart.

    From that moment on, Italy were simply never going to lose.

Versus Parma, 2010

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    Parma dared the great man to shoot from distance and Pirlo gratefully accepted the invitation, sending a rocket into the top right corner from 40 yards out.

Versus Real Madrid, 2009

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    Pirlo has always been a player to relish the big stage and there are none bigger than the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.

    Pirlo stunned the Merengue faithful with a sensational long-distance effort in the 2009 Champions League.

Versus Inter, 2007

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    Just a stunning free kick that hits the back of the net before the goalkeeper can even react.

    Whipped over the wall with pace, power and accuracy—just the perfect free kick.

Versus Cagliari, 2007

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    This free kick had it all.

    It swerves and changes direction multiple times with a deceiving flight that makes it almost impossible for the goalkeeper—despite how far out it is.

Versus Roma, 2012

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    This free kick shows the diversity of Pirlo's delivery from outside the area.

    The Bianconeri maestro enjoys whipping the ball over the wall into the top corners, but like any good pitcher in baseball, Pirlo has variations to where he places from dead ball situations.

    Against Roma this season, Pirlo strikes the ball perfectly between the wall and the far post, despite the goalkeeper positioning himself perfectly.

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