Pirlo takes Manhattan

“Pirlo shows up from training perfectly coiffed in a Massimo Piombo houndstooth blazer and a bright orange cardigan”

Pirlo NYT image

This kind of thing has become a cliche in the age of Pirlo Style, a phenomena Martin BackPage and I have watched develop in the time since we first started work on the English language edition of the great man’s autobiography. It’s also kind of what we expected when Style magazine, part of the New York Times, got in touch to tell us they were working on a piece about Pirlo.

And yes, he looks good. Goddamnit, he always looks good. But the piece also sheds light on the lifestyle transformation Pirlo – and most likely Frank Lampard, David Villa, Steven Gerrard, Kaka, Didier Drogba and the rest – signed up for when he joined MLS.

He walks the streets, rides the subway, goes to galleries and sits unmolested in restaurants. It’s easy to see why Pirlo chose this late-career move over the name-your-price pitch from Qatar he recounts in his book (he drags his agent out of the room at €13m-per-season and rising).

And finally, late in the article, the news Martin and I long to hear. His English is improving! Andrea, when can we start work on the follow-up…

by Neil BackPage