Date of Birth: May 19, 1979
Watching Andrea Pirlo pull the strings from midfield for the Azzuri is a visual treat. No wonder he’s been given nicknames like l’architetto (the architect), il professore (the professor). Pirlo, who started his career from the U-15 side, is the fifth highest capped player having notched up more than 100 appearances. Also nicknamed Mozart, Pirlo was instrumental in his side’s victory in the 2006 World Cup final where he ended up as the man of the match and also picking up the Bronze Ball in the process. Having decided to hang up his boots after the tournament, the 35-year-old would surely want to end things on a high.