Andrea Pirlo began his youth career with Brescia and eventually made his first team debut for the club in 1994 at the age of 16. After four years with Brescia, he was spotted by Inter Milan who he signed for in 1998. However, he never really impressed at Inter and only made 23 appearances in three seasons without scoring. During this period, he was loaned out to Reggina and Brescia in different seasons. Pirlo has made a name for himself at several different clubs including AC Milan and Juventus.
He was sold to Inter's fierce rivals AC Milan in 2001 where he began to develop into a world class player. His career with Milan saw him begin as an offensive midfielder but he soon reverted to a deep lying playmaker role which sees him at his most effective. Pirlo signed for AC Milan's rivals Juventus in 2011 where he helped the side to several Serie A titles.
Pirlo's international career has been just as successful as his time at Milan. In 2000, he captained the Italian u21s to a European Championship before winning a bronze medal at the 2004 Olympics. His senior career began in 2002 and he was present at Euro 2004. However, his highlight with the national team came in the 2006 World Cup which saw Italy crowned as World Champions. He has remained in the squad under current manager Marcelo Lippi and looks set to appear in the 2010 World Cup.