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Italy's Newest Recruit Sandro Tonali Is So Similar To Andrea Pirlo It's Actually Scary

Italy's Newest Recruit Sandro Tonali Is So Similar To Andrea Pirlo It's Actually Scary

Sandro Tonali is a centre midfielder. He was born in Lombardy, Italy and he plays for Italian side Brescia. Does this remind you of anyone in particular?

Let me expand, The 18-year-old's main strengths are his range of passing, his cool, calm and collected approach on the ball and his overall creativeness. Basically, he's the younger version of Andrea Pirlo and he even looks like the Italian maestro.

Seriously, just look at him lining up this free-kick during Italy's defeat to Portugal earlier. His stance even looks familiar to the great one.

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Tonali, who has made 19 appearances for the club after making his debut in August last year, has been touted for great things by many and his performances at the U19 European Championships certainly caught the eye.

Especially because he looks the absolute spitting image of Pirlo when he was younger. This picture proves my point.

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Now, Italy manager Roberto Mancini has handed the youngster his first call-up for Italy's upcoming matches against Portugal and USA.

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Roma, Juventus and Inter Milan have been linked with the talented 18-year-old in recent days. Just imagine if he ends up at Juventus, just like Andrea did all those years ago, It would certainly make a good story.

He has received phone calls from Juventus pair Guisuppe Marotta and Fabio Paratici in the last days, according to reports.

If you want to watch him in action, here is a highlight reel to prove he has the talent to match Pirlo.

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Take a bow.

Topics: Football News, Sandro Tonali, Football, Italy

Jack Kenmare

Jack Kenmare is a writer at SPORTbible. He's interviewed some of the biggest names in sport, including Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Pele, Carles Puyol and Tim Henman. He dabbles in all things sport but football is his biggest passion. He was once hit in the head by a wayward strike from Nicky Butt and lived to tell the tale.