Italy midfielder Andrea Pirlo admits that earning his 100th cap in their 2-1 win over Mexico in the Confederations Cup on Sunday night.
The midfielder became only the fifth player to reach the milestone and he marked the special occasion with a superb free-kick to break the deadlock in the game.
“First of all, it’s really rewarding for me,” Pirlo told reporters. “It’s not something everyone does. It’s a great feeling to get 100 caps and to score, especially in a historic stadium like the Maracana. I could only have dreamed of this as a child.
Despite the landmark, the veteran was not about to talk about retirement, saying that he still aims to go on and lift the trophy in Brazil.
“I was lucky enough to get 100 caps for Italy, but it’s not over yet,” revealed Pirlo. "I have other objectives, including winning the Confederations Cup.”
Fabio Cannavaro, Gianluigi Buffon, Paolo Maldini and Dino Zoff are the other centurions, but all of them took longer to reach the milestone - with Pirlo achieving 100 caps in less than 11 years.