Andrea Pirlo is a very special man. He belongs to that particular group of individuals who just happen to be superior to the rest — that group whose members have such immense qualities that allow them to simply reach the glory at anything they might do in life. For them, the impossible just doesn’t exist.
For the luck of soccer fans, moreover, the 34-year-old once decided to entirely dedicate his life to the beautiful game in becoming, without a doubt, one of the best players in the history not only of Italy but also of the world. For almost 20 years his professional career has consistently been characterized by uncountable achievements and accomplishments on both a personal and a team level.
What is more honorable for Pirlo is not only the fact that he has had the merit of winning 14 titles — including two UEFA Champions Leagues and one FIFA World Cup — but precisely that he has always been one of the main characters in such successes. As a matter of fact, Pirlo must have no idea of what is like to win a title from the bench.
Furthermore, out of those 14 titles, four have been in Serie A between AC Milan and Juventus. That number will most likely increase this year considering the Bianconeri’s supremacy in the league where they are leading the standings with an eight-point advantage over Roma.
However, winning the fifth Scudetto might not be Pirlo’s only achievement of this year with the Old Lady, regardless of the outcomes of the Europa League and Coppa Italia. As a matter of fact, the midfielder is now very close to another personal record in Serie A as he is only four free-kick goals away from the all-time record held by Sampdoria‘s current coach Siniša Mihajlović at 28.
Having already surpassed other greats such as Alessandro Del Piero, Roberto Baggio and Francesco Totti in this particular ranking, the hope is for Pirlo to eventually beat the Serbian’s record. Such achievement, after all, appears to be very accessible for him — especially considering that he will continue to play in Serie A for several more years given his imminent contract renewal with the Bianconeri.
Following is the list of the all-time best free kick scorers in Serie A history, provided by the Gazzetta dello Sport.
28: Siniša Mihajlović
24: Andrea Pirlo
22: Alessandro Del Piero
21: Roberto Baggio
20: Francesco Totti and Gianfranco Zola
14: Diego Armando Maradona
13: Enrico Chiesa, Michel Platini, and Alvaro Recoba
12: Giuseppe Signori