Andrea Pirlo is taking great pride in working with “icon” Cristiano Ronaldo at Juventus.
Pirlo, who had only been appointed as the club’s U-23 boss a few weeks earlier, was asked to step up into a top job with the Italian champions.
That opportunity has been embraced, with an iconic figure from his own playing days enjoying the opportunity to work with a star-studded cast in Turin that includes a five-time Ballon d’Or winner.
Pirlo told UEFA of having Ronaldo at his disposal: “I’m happy to have this icon of world football, to see him every day, to have him at my disposal, to see him train, to see him play.
“It’s an enormous pleasure for me, and for the whole team. He’s someone who works the same now, at 35, as he did as a young lad, with the same passion to play football every day.
“He’s an example for all of us.”