By Chris Wright
Today is Andrea Pirlo’s birthday, with Juventus’ midfielder metronome turning 36 years young! Long may he reign.
However, long before the dreamy facial topiary, the personal vineyard and the effortless cool came this – a spindly, slightly gawky teenager who struggled to fit in for a fair old while…
Pirlo during his youth football days (Photos via Bresciafoto)
A very young Pirlo picks up his first silverware as part of Brescia’s youth team, a posh Etch-a-Sketch by the looks of things (Photo via Squawka)
Pirlo, 14, playing for Brescia at a youth tournament in 1994/95, complete with compulsory mid-90s curtains (Photo: Splash News)
Pirlo comes on to make his full Serie A debut for Brescia, aged just 16, in 1995
Pirlo poses alongside Nicola Ventola (left) and Paulo Sousa (centre) after signing for Inter Milan, 1998
Pirlo in action for Reggina against Piacenza, 2000
Pirlo and Italy teammate Roberto Baronio celebrate after beating Slovakia 2-1 in the the U21 European Championships Final, 2000
Making one of just a handful of first-team appearances, Pirlo cuts a dash in Inter’s phenomenal orange kit of 2000
Pirlo re-signs for Brescia on loan from Inter while looking like the lead singer of Italy’s première Oasis tribute band, 2001
Pirlo lines up alongside his childhood idol (quite literally) while back at Brescia, 2001
AC Milan show off their three new marquee signings: Pirlo, Pippo Inzaghi and Rui Costa, 2001
And the rest, as they say, is six Scudettos (depending who you ask), two Champions Leagues and a World Cup.
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