Andrea Pirlo‘s book was released today to celebration around the football world.
The Juventus midfielder is already an iconic figure, loved by pretty much every player, manager and fan.
And his autobiography ‘I Think Therefore I Play’ gives an insight into the Italian’s trophy-laden 19-year career.
An extract from The Guardian today reveals Pirlo is addicted to the PlayStation and he enjoys duels with former AC Milan and Italy team-mate Alessandro Nesta too:
“After the wheel, the PlayStation is the best invention of all time. And ever since it’s existed, I’ve been Barcelona, apart from a brief spell way back at the start when I’d go Milan.
I can’t say with any certainty how many virtual matches I’ve played over the last few years but, roughly speaking, it must be at least four times the number of real ones.
Pirlo v Nesta was a classic duel back in our Milanello days. We’d get in early, have breakfast at 9am and then shut ourselves in our room and hit the PlayStation until 11. Training would follow, then we’d be back on the computer games until four in the afternoon. Truly a life of sacrifice.”
“You could tell he wasn’t a man to beat about the bush. After a couple of minutes, he’d cut straight to the chase. As a player, his job had been to conduct the play and as a manager he’d learned to attack, always with impeccable style.
“We’re already very strong, I really couldn’t ask for better, but you’d be the icing on the cake. We’re looking for a midfielder to alternate with Xavi, Iniesta and Busquets, and that midfielder is you. You’ve got all the attributes to play for Barcelona, and one in particular – you’re world class.”
Everyone knows that Pirlo was released by Milan and then signed by Juventus so no Barca move materialised.
But we can always dream.