Andrea Pirlo's Most Imperious Passes

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Andrea Pirlo's Most Imperious Passes
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Andrea Pirlo might be entering the last few years of a glittering career, but his ability to strike incredible passes of all variety has remained with him to this day.

The Azzurri international is one of the defining players at his position of the past 20 years. He will have left a vast legacy in Italian and European football by the way he has performed the role of the holding midfield player.

The 34-year-old is perhaps most famous for the type of pass that is referred to in Italy as the "cucchiao"—literally, the spoon.

Drawing pressure from the opposition, who press the space around him as soon as he receives the ball, Pirlo lifts an arcing pass high over the defensive line and into the space behind.

Here are some of his very best.

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