Andrea Pirlo Named Serie A Player of the Year for Third Time in-a-row

Updated: 16 December 2014 16:32 IST

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

Andrea Pirlo Named Serie A Player of the Year for Third Time in-a-row
Andrea Pirlo signed for Juventus three seasons ago after spending a decade with AC Milan. © 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 organised by the Association of Italian Footballers. (Cristiano Ronaldo nets another award)

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. (Cristiano Ronaldo leads Real Madrid's Club World Cup charge)

"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. (Ronaldo, Messi eclipse struggling strikers)

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.

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 free kick in a 3-2 win over group A rivals Olympiakos to score his first goal in the competition with Juventus.

Comments
Topics mentioned in this article Juventus Andrea Pirlo Football
Related Articles
World Para Athletics Championships: High-Jumpers Sharad Kumar, Mariyappan Thangavelu Qualify For 2020 Tokyo Paralympics
World Para Athletics Championships: High-Jumpers Sharad Kumar, Mariyappan Thangavelu Qualify For 2020 Tokyo Paralympics
On This Day, Sachin Tendulkar Made His International Debut Against Pakistan In 1989
On This Day, Sachin Tendulkar Made His International Debut Against Pakistan In 1989
India vs Bangladesh, 1st Test: Mayank Agarwal Slams 3rd Test Century As India Dominate Bangladesh In Indore
India vs Bangladesh, 1st Test: Mayank Agarwal Slams 3rd Test Century As India Dominate Bangladesh In Indore
"Better Than Rishabh Pant": Ravichandran Ashwin Wows Fans By Batting Left-Handed. Watch
"Better Than Rishabh Pant": Ravichandran Ashwin Wows Fans By Batting Left-Handed. Watch
Cristiano Ronaldo Hat-Trick Fires Portugal To Brink Of Euro 2020 Qualification
Cristiano Ronaldo Hat-Trick Fires Portugal To Brink Of Euro 2020 Qualification
Advertisement