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David Beckham And Ronaldinho's Free-Kick Secrets Were 'Stolen' By Football Legend

David Beckham And Ronaldinho's Free-Kick Secrets Were 'Stolen' By Football Legend

Andrea Pirlo praised David Beckham and Ronaldinho's free-kick abilities as he admitted that they would 'steal' each other's secrets.

The 41-year-old Italian icon spent 10 years at AC Milan and won two Champions Leagues and two Serie A titles with the club before leaving for Juventus in 2011.

But during his time at the San Siro Pirlo would cross paths with Beckham, Ronaldinho and Clarence Seedorf.

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Pirlo, who was appointed Juventus boss in the summer, made it clear that the four of them would 'watch each other' to uncover their secrets.

The former Milan and Juventus star told Goal: "At Milan we had Beckham, Ronaldinho, Seedorf [...] a lot of good kickers.

"We talked to each other, we watched each other and we stole each other's secrets."

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Pirlo, who made over 250 appearances for Milan, revealed that he tried to perfect his free-kick technique by working out how the legendary Juninho would take them.

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However, the 2006 World Cup winner couldn't figure out Juninho's trick and decided to come up with "my own way to strike them."

Pirlo explained: "I used to watch Juninho's free-kicks without being able to figure out how he hit them. I tried and tried, until eventually I came up with my own way to strike them.

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"I was by myself trying all types of free-kicks."

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When asked about the secrets of his free-kicks, Pirlo responded: "I'd tell myself it was impossible not to score.

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"It was enough just to get the ball over the wall and it was a goal. In football, like in life, there are always millimetres which can change things, the course of a goal, or of a life.

"It's a sign of destiny, a natural talent which my parents gave me. To come in front of the ball, find the right position [...] it always seemed so simple to me, but it might not be for others.

"It's completely natural, I'd do it without even thinking about it."

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Topics: Football News, Ronaldinho, Football, Serie A, David Beckham, Andrea Pirlo, AC Milan

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