Italy’s Pirlo wins player of the year treble

Italy's Pirlo wins player of the year treble
Andrea Pirlo missed the first six weeks of the season due to injury. Photo: Giuseppe Cacace/AFP
Juventus midfielder Andrea Pirlo claimed Serie A's player of the year award for the third consecutive year during a gala event on Monday organized by the Association of Italian Footballers.

The 34-year-old playmaker celebrated alongside former Juve handler Antonio Conte, who picked up the best coach of the year award after leading the Bianconeri to their third consecutive Serie A title last season before quitting to become Italy's national team coach.

"It's always a pleasure to win this award," said Pirlo, one of several Juve stars to be named among the Serie A team of the year.

Juventus won their 30th league title last season with an unprecedented 102 points and reached the semi-finals of the Europa League. Pirlo has scored only twice in seven games for the Italian champions but missed the first six weeks of the season due to injury.

 

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However it has already been a remarkable season so far for Pirlo, who joined Juventus three seasons ago after spending a decade with fallen Serie A giants AC Milan.

After being sidelined for Juve's opening five games of the campaign, Pirlo returned in time for a 3-2 win over title challengers Roma on what was his 100th appearance for the Old Lady of Turin.

On the day of the club's 117th anniversary, Pirlo opened the scoring in a 2-0 win over Empoli. It was the Italian's 26th goal from a free kick in Serie A, leaving him two short of all-time record holder, Sinisa Mihajlovic.

Pirlo marked another milestone, his 100th appearance in the Champions League, by scoring a trademark freekick in a 3-2 win over group A rivals Olympiakos to score his first goal in the competition with Juventus.


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