Following an illustrious career as a footballer, Andrea Pirlo’s new autobiography ‘I Think Therefore I Play’ brings alive the personality of a footballer that is not known beyond his performance on the football pitch.

Talking about the upcoming World Cup in Brazil, Pirlo revealed that he will announce his retirement after the tournament and believes that he is still raring to go at such an age (34).

After the World Cup in Brazil, I’ll retire from international football. I’ll be hanging up my heart. Until that day, nobody must dare ask me to stop, apart from (Italy coach) Cesare Prandelli, should he have tactical reasons.

I’ll be 35 by then, and it’ll be time to give someone else a go.

Talking about the sport that has given him an identity throughout the world, Andrea Pirlo compared football to sex and believes that in many ways, the sport is much better than making love to a woman. He speaks about Antonio Cassano in his autobiography, who according to Pirlo has slept with more than 700 women, and reveals that there is more to life than just women.

Being part of a team that belongs to everyone makes me feel good. A lot of the time, it’s better than sex: it lasts longer and if it falls flat, it can’t just be your fault.

Take someone like (Parma striker) Antonio Cassano. He says he’s slept with 700 women but he doesn’t get picked for Italy any more. Can he really be happy? I wouldn’t be.

That shirt, with its Smurf-like blue, gives you a whole new image across the world. It takes you to a higher level. Much better to be a soldier on the pitch than in the bedroom.

The Italian midfielder also spoke about the legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson, who according to him, set his ‘chasedog’ on him and hence spoiled his ‘purity’ as a manager.

Park Ji-Sung-Sir Alex Ferguson's Chase Dog

Park Ji-Sung-Sir Alex Ferguson’s Chase Dog

Andrea Pirlo spoke highly of the former Manchester United manager who he called a ‘purple-nosed’ manager who turned United into a lethal battleship. But he believes that the United manager ruined his reputation by unleashing Park Ji-sung on Pirlo to keep the midfielder from dictating the game in the midfield.

Even Sir Alex Ferguson, the purple-nosed manager who turned Manchester United into a fearsome battleship, couldn’t resist the temptation. He’s a man without blemish, but he ruined that purity just for a moment when it came to me. A fleeting shabbiness came over the legend that night.

At Milan, he unleashed Park Ji-sung to shadow me. He rushed about at the speed of an electron. He’d fling himself at me, his hands all over my back, trying to intimidate me. He’d look at the ball and not know what it was for.

The midfielder does not spare Park Ji-sung himself, indicating that he consented to being used as Ferguson’s guard dog

They’d programmed him to stop me. His devotion to the task was almost touching. Even though he was a famous player, he consented to being used as a guard dog.