Top positive review
Gattuso would grab a fork and try to stick it in us
26 July 2015
I had been looking forward to reading this for ages. I finally persuaded myself it would be worth buying, the reviews suggested it was a funny, well written scattergun story of the stylish Italian midfielder, they suggested it roamed around with no fixed narrrative (much like Pirlo in the Juventus midfield) and that it was much too short.
I would concur with every single point made by other reviewers, the book is very short and took me around 70 minutes to read, it doesn't fill in all of the blanks on Pirlo's life and career and doesn't even follow him in the traditional manner from childhood to present day, instead he picks up areas which are important to him, such as being castigated by other parents as a child for playing like Maradona, playing pranks on the fearsome Gattuso or playing playstation on the day of the World Cup Final.
Pirlo is a very funny book, some of the comments are very thoughtful and melancholy, but most have a wry humour to them. I had wanted more and was gutted when the book finished so quickly, but I thoroughly enjoyed the story and the little snippets about offers from other clubs, views on other players (although these are minimal) and a funny story involving Roy Hodgson and a rather unfortunate mispronounciation of Pirlo.
Pirlo talks of the confusion over AC Milan's capitulation to Liverpool in Istanbul in the Champions League final but only to address the fact he can't understand how it happened, he glosses over the match and other big matches, never really detailling them. He never gives himself up to this book and in the end it comes across as a series of funny stories, some connected, some not, which detail times in his career.
The book is short, sweet and a pleasure to read, if it had been longer i'd have given it five stars but this is fun while it lasts, but leaves you wanting to know so much more.