Andrea Pirlo is one of the most gifted players of his generation, combining brilliant vision and an unreal knack for finding his target with long-range passes.
And it would appear the Italian midfielder can now add mystic foresight to his repertoire of skills.
Yes, the World Cup winner tried to tell his goalkeeper where an opponent was going to place his penalty last night.
The 36-year-old veteran is now plying his trade for New York City in the MLS, having left Serie A at the end of last season.
But despite his age, it would appear that Pirlo still has plenty to offer – especially when it comes to defending set-pieces.
The scene was set and Patrick Vieira’s New York were leading Chicago Fire 4-2, when they conceded a penalty on the 70th minute.
Unfortunately, the goalkeeper failed to heed Pirlo’s advice (who pointed to the opposite corner from where the shot stopper eventually dived) and the team’s advantage was cut in half with 20 minutes left to play:
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Luckily for Pirlo and his teammates, New York made it to full-time without conceding another goal, securing a hard-fought victory.
Forget about conquering the catwalk or chilling in an Italian wine garden, maybe Pirlo should try his hand at coaching set pieces when he eventually hangs up his boots?