Andrea Pirlo, Cavaliere Ufficiale OMRI (born 19 May 1979 in Flero, Lombardy), is an Italian World Cup winning footballer who plays for Serie A club Milan and the Italian national team. Praised for his inventive play, he is also a free-kick specialist.
Pirlo has played for the Italian youth teams U-15, U-18 and U-21, captaining and leading the latter to victory in the 2000 as the Golden Player and Top Scorer of the tournament. He joined the Italian senior side during the qualification round for World Cup 2002 and captained the national team to a bronze medal in the 2004 Olympics. Later, he was instrumental in their victory in the 2006 World Cup. He was named man of the match three times, including the final, more than any other player in the tournament, and ultimately won the Bronze Ball (third best player in tournament).
With Milan, he has won two UEFA Champions League (2003 and 2007), two European Super Cups (2003 and 2007), a Scudetto (2004), an Italian Super Cup (2004), a FIFA Club World Cup (2006), and the Italian Cup in 2003.