Andrea Pirlo is one of the greatest midfielders ever to play the game. Over the course of his glorious career, he has won four Scudetti (and is well on his way to a fifth), two Champions League crowns, a Coppa Italia, three Supercoppas and two UEFA Super Cups.
Along with his club accolades comes his crowning achievement: the 2006 World Cup title.
Pirlo is a dying breed in the modern game. With powerful, goalscoring box-to-box midfielders like Yaya Toure and Pirlo's Juventus teammate Arturo Vidal coming to prominence, the deep-lying "regista" position that Pirlo has made his own since his days on loan with Brescia in 2001 is becoming less prevalent. Such is the brilliance of the man called "l'architetto" that he has kept the role alive almost single-handedly.
No career can last forever, and at 34 years old, Pirlo's finally beginning to wind down. He announced last year that he would retire from international soccer after this summer's World Cup, and there is uncertainty over the status of his contract negotiations with Juventus.
Despite his age, he continues to excel on the field. What's the secret behind his sustained success? Let's take a look and find out.