Once again, Italy head to the World Cup with Andrea Pirlo viewed as the key man. His touch, vision and range of passing are unsurpassed by any player at the tournament. Now a 35-year-old veteran for the Azzurri, the Juventus midfielder has shown no signs of the decline that has plagued others entering the autumn of their careers.
A member of the last four teams to win the Serie A title, he remains as influential as he was when helping his national side to the ultimate glory in 2006. Also possessing two Champions League winner’s medals, his club success has been incredible to watch, but it is rivalled by an international career that has seen him grace the famous blue shirt for more than a decade.
Over the following pages are the five best moments Andrea Pirlo has enjoyed on the grandest of stages, and he is sure to add more in Brazil, his third World Cup.