Lionel Messi: Andrea Pirlo shuns Ronaldo after naming Argentine in Dream XI

Lionel Messi: Andrea Pirlo shuns Ronaldo after naming Argentine in Dream XI

- Lionel Messi has been named in Andrea Pirlo's Dream XI

- The 41-year-old shunned his new player Cristiano Ronaldo in the list mostly dominated by retired stars

- Pirlo admitted that Messi is the best after facing him in the 2015 Champions League final

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Andrea Pirlo was recently named Cristiano Ronaldo's manager at Juventus after the sacking of Maurizio Sarri last weekend.

Apparently, the Italian football legend is not much of an admirer of the 35-year-old goal poacher after excluding him in his Dream XI.

But Barcelona captain and Ronaldo's arch-rival Lionel Messi was included in the list of icons of the game - mostly dominated by retired men.

However, after arriving at the Allianz Stadium as the new sherrif in town, his first assignment would be to gain the confidence of the five-time Ballon d'Or winner after having described the Argentine the best.

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Pirlo played against both superstars during his decorated football career, but chose the Barca captain as the tougher opposition between the two.

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SunSport recalls that Pirlo shared a picture on Instagram with the 33-year-old after Juve's Champions League defeat to Barcelona in 2015, saying: "A great meeting with the best..."

The 41-year-old added that he chose Camp Nou whenever he played video games with former teammate Alessandro Nesta during their days at AC Milan.

Pirlo said: "After the wheel, the best invention is the PlayStation. "Me against Nesta was a classic of our time at Milanello.

"We'd get in early, have breakfast at 9 then close ourselves off in our room to challenge each other, train, have lunch and then it was back in our room again until 4 in the afternoon.

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Lionel Messi: Andrea Pirlo shuns Ronaldo after naming Argentine in Dream XI

Lionel Messi battling for the ball with legendary Andrea Pirlo in the 2015 Champions league final. Photo Credit: Getty Images
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"Our battles were pure adrenaline. I chose Barcelona, Sandrino did too. Barca against Barca." earlier reported that former Juventus player Andrea Pirlo has been appointed the new Juventus manager barely hours after Maurizio Sarri's sacking.

Pirlo’s appointment comes only 10 days after he got the job as the U-23 manager for the Serie A giants.

The 41-year-old will take over at the Juventus stadium until the end of the 2021/2022 season.

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