Andrea Pirlo

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Jack Wilshere and Mark Noble of West Ham  argue with referee Stuart Attwell during their Premier League match against  Bournemouth at London Stadium last Saturday. Photograph: Marc Atkins/Getty Images

Almost a week since West Ham’s defeat by Bournemouth at the London Stadium, it remains no easier to understand Manuel Pellegrini’s decision to play Ma(...)

Real Madrid’s Portuguese striker Cristiano Ronaldo has joined Italian Serie A side Juventus FC in a deal worth €100 million. Photograph: PA

Cristiano Ronaldo described it in matter-of-fact terms as “the moment to begin a new cycle”. In Italy the headline writers went a little bigger as the(...)

 Chelsea manager Antonio Conte celebrates with the FA Cup trophy after his side’s victory over Manchester United at Wembley stadium, London. Photograph: EPA

By the time talk turned to Antonio Conte’s future on Saturday night, the Italian’s hair was lank with champagne, silverware was acting as a shield and(...)

 Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah  scores his side’s first goal during the 3-0 win in the first leg at Anfield. Photograph: Peter Powell/EPA

They tell a story at Manchester City, going back to the days when European Cup quarter-finals were for other clubs, about a time when Liverpool, in th(...)

Neymar scores for Barcelona’s fifth goal, this one   from the penalty spot, during the remarkable 6-1 comeback victory over PSG at the Camp Nou.  Photograph:  Laurence Griffiths/Getty

After Liverpool routed Manchester City 3-0 at Anfield, Pep Guardiola’s men need to turn the tables in dramatic fashion on home turf and without the ai(...)

AC Milan coach Gennaro Gattuso. Photograph: Alessandro Garofalo/Reuters

Could somebody please give Gennaro Gattuso a hug It was just last year that AC Milan coach Gennaro Gattuso produced possibly the most self-effacing q(...)

Peter Crouch with the Tweet of the Year: "Summer for me is about time with family." Photograph: Twitter

The pundits Bronze: “Burnley are still in it for me.” At a point in the game when they were leading Chelsea 3-1, Dion Dublin reckoned Burnley had a c(...)

Italy’s goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon reacts during their 2018 World Cup playoff second leg with Sweden. Photo: Marco Bertorello/Getty Images

Gianluigi Buffon was born in Carrara, the Tuscan city where they quarried the marble for Michelangelo’s David 500 years ago. Maybe even now there is a(...)

Italy legend Andrea Pirlo called time on an illustrious career during which he won the 2006 World Cup, two Champions League titles and six Serie A trophies.Photo: Fabrice Coffrini/Getty Images

Andrea Pirlo loved to pull pranks on Gennaro Gattuso. The two midfielders played together for more than a decade with Milan and Italy, winning everyth(...)

Andrea Pirlo has formally announced his retirement from professional football after a trophy-laden 22-year career. Photo: Mike Egerton/PA Wire

Andrea Pirlo has formally announced his retirement from professional football after a trophy-laden 22-year career. The former Italy international, 38(...)

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