“Pirlo spots a pass in a split-second that lesser players could spend a whole lifetime waiting to see” – Carlo Ancelotti

“Pirlo is a genius. Together with Baggio, I think he’s the greatest talent that Italian football has produced in the last 25 years” – Gianluigi Buffon

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Italy vs Mexico

June 16th 2013

Andrea Pirlo’s 100th Cap with Italy National Team

Match Worn Boots

Italy National Team

Did you Know?

These boots were issued for Andrea Pirlo for his 100th cap with Italy National Team that took place in Rio de Janeiro – Maracana Stadium – on June 16th 2013, in the Confederation Cup 2013 game against Mexico. Pirlo made his debut against Azerbaijan on September 7th 2002. Boots have both dates embroidered. The Azerbaijan’s player’s debut and the 100th cap against Mexico. One curious thing is that these Nike Tiempo are a 2012 colorway, and Pirlo wore them in 2012 with Juventus F.C. and Italy National team, but the game against Mexico was in 2013 while Pirlo was wearing the regular 2013’s colorway, but his sponsor (Nike) supplied an older model to commemorate Pirlo’s 100th Cap because of the sky blue color that is also Italy Team’s shirt color. Pirlo at the end wore these boots for pre match training only and he wore his regular white model keeping these commemorative sky blue boots in his private collection where we got them from. In this Confederation Cup’s opening game, Pirlo scored the first goal with a trademark free kick. Italy won 2-1 and the player was voted “Man of the Match”

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