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Andrea Pirlo thanks fans for response after retirement announcement

Andrea Pirlo thanks fans for response after retirement announcement”

Gennaro Gattuso has rejected suggestions he was instrumental in the success of Andrea Pirlo for AC Milan and Italy, saying "let's not confuse Nutella with s***".

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba has today taken to Twitter to pay tribute to Andrea Pirlo, after the Italian legend announced his retirement from the game yesterday.

Pirlo, who started his career in Brescia, also played at Inter Milan and Reggina before joining AC Milan, where he won two Serie A crowns and two Champions League trophies in 2003 and 2007.

When Gattuso was asked on Tuesday if he made Pirlo a better footballer, he couldn't help but chuckle.

The 39-year-old had a wonderfully self deprecating response when the question was posed to him on Radio 24. I played alongside him for 20 years, especially with the national team.

"It wasn't only about his quality, but he was an animal covering 1000 metres, he had this athletic quality which is why he played until this age".

"He was someone who ran so much". Every day you have physical problems, you can not train as you want because you always have some problem, ' he told La Gazzetta dello Sport.

"I understood what I had to do, and he was taking care of the rest".

"I've smacked him more times than Bud Spencer has hit Terence Hill".

Pogba and Pirlo spent three seasons as teammates with Italian giants Juventus from 2012-2015, with the French star having attributed much of his growth and development as a player to the teachings of his former midfield partner.

So, can we perhaps expect to see Pirlo and Gattuso cross paths as a pair of managers in the not too distant future?



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