Andrea Pirlo revealed Following Calciopoli in 2006, he signed with Real Madrid but Later, Pep Guardiola personally invited him to join Barcelona.
In an interview with Radio Serie A, the ex-Milan and Juventus midfielder affirmed that, weeks after securing the World Cup championship with the Azzurri in 2006, he inked a five-year contract with the Merengues.
“The World Cup had just ended and there was all the Calciopoli mess. There was a chance that Milan could play in Serie B and Fabio Capello had moved to Real Madrid. I had spoken to him and the directors and we had an agreement,” Pirlo revealed.
“When I arrived for Milan’s pre-season, they told us we would play in Serie A with a point deduction, I wasn’t sure because I had decided to go there [Real Madrid], but coming back to Milanello I met Adriano Galliani and my agent and we agreed to continue the adventure.
“Galliani put the contract on the table and told us to put the figures in there, after a few days, we signed it.”
After the Calciopoli, Pirlo decided to leave Milan
A few years later, Barcelona attempted to sign Pirlo, not the only instance he could move to Spain. During the Trofeo Gamper in 2010, Pirlo’s Milan negotiated with Barça for Zlatan Ibrahimovic. After the game, Pirlo spoke to Pep Guardiola in his office, as he revealed.
Pirlo added: “There was a chance for Milan to sign Ibra and he [Guardiola] asked him if I was available to join him at Barcelona. We spoke for a while in his office, but then Ibra arrived and I stayed [at Milan] too.
“Guardiola told me he’d like to have me there. He knew me because he had played at Brescia even if we hadn’t played together. I was very proud to sit in his office and be called by him even if nothing happened in the end.”