Some of the world’s greatest ever football players descended on Milan on Monday night to help bring Italian legend Andrea Pirlo’s footballing career to a close with a star-studded testimonial match.
The Italian World Cup winner retired from football after the season with New York City in the MLS and called upon past team-mates, opponents and friends to end his career in style.
Pirlo played for both AC Milan and Inter during his illustrious playing career and opted to play his final career game at the clubs’ San Siro home.
A team wearing white, which included the likes of Alessandro Del Piero, Leonardo Bonucci, Dida, Rui Costa, Francesco Totti and Christian Vieri shared a pulsating 7-7 draw with the side in blue, which featured Cafu, Andriy Shevchenko, Carlos Tevez, Clarence Seedorf and Gianluigi Buffon among others.
The Blue Stars were ahead inside the first minute after a delightful cross from Serginho was poorly cleared. It fell to deadly Ukrainian Andriy Shevchenko and he slotted home.
A very late flag from the assistant referee stopped the Blue Stars from making it 2-0 just moments later with Fabio Quagliarella stood offside as he headed in.
Managerial stars Roberto Baggio, Roberto Donadoni, Antonio Conte, Massimiliano Allegri and Carlo Ancelotti all looked slightly perplexed about the lack of defending in the early stages.
Quagliarella, still playing in Serie A with Sampdoria, broke the offside trap after six minutes and lofted a delicate finish over the helpless Dida in goal for 2-0.
Alexandre Pato pulled one goal back for the Whites after 13 minutes. The youthful Brazilian beat veteran defender Marco Materazzi with ease and drilled the ball into the far corner.
On the half-hour mark Antonio Cassano restored the Blue’s two-goal lead. A close range attempt from Massimo Ambrosini was only parried by Dida and Cassano was there to tap it in.
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