Early Doors

Pirlo fools keeper and entire defence with genius free kick

Early Doors

Andrea Pirlo is currently the best player in the world when it comes to using his guile and craft to out-do his opponents.

Fans in England will know that only too well, given his "Panenka" penalty to put the Three Lions out of Euro 2012 and his outstanding dummy to set up the first goal when the two sides met at the 2014 World Cup.

This latest free kick trick, which will play in the video above, seems like a new string to his bow. Playing in a pre-season friendly in Singapore he set up as if to fire an inswinging free kick towards the top-right corner - but fooled the Singapore XI's entire defence by toe-poking the ball under the leaping wall, pea-rolling it into the net.

Genius.

Pirlo said after the game that he will backtrack on his decision to retire from the international game, such is the respect he has for his former Juventus coach Antonio Conte, who has taken over the national side.

On this evidence, Conte ought to get him on the phone straight away and demand he sticks to that promise.

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