5 Things Italy's Andrea Pirlo Does Better Than Spain's Xavi

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5 Things Italy's Andrea Pirlo Does Better Than Spain's Xavi
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Andrea Pirlo and Xavi have met several times since 2008, including the Euro 2012 final.

Andrea Pirlo and Xavi have been the key cogs in the Italian and Spanish national teams for the better part of a decade.  The two deep-lying playmakers have carried the torch for their disappearing role and kept it relevant in today's game.

The two have been hailed as some of the best midfielders of their generation but while Xavi has been catapulted into international acclaim by the success of Spain and Barcelona, Pirlo has not gotten the same kind of global recognition by playing his football in Italy.

That's a shame, since in many ways he's a superior player to the Spaniard.

How does the midfield maestro trump his Spanish counterpart?  Read on to find out.

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