Andrea Pirlo has sued a man who pretended to be the Italian footballer for two years in order to receive free clothes and jewellery.
The man, who has been identified as 48-year-old former goldsmith Alessandro Palazzolo of Valenza, has been sued for fraud after being recognised by Turin police.
Investigations began when the former Juventus and AC Milan midfielder filed a lawsuit after repeatedly being asked to repay debts he had not accrued.
Andrea Pirlo has sued a man who used his identity to obtain goods for free
Andrea Pirlo together with former AC Milan team-mate Paolo Maldini in May 2019
Palazzolo would never return to shops to pay for the expensive clothes.
The man also tried to obtain ‘facilitated medical examinations’ by contacting the ex-footballer’s doctor.
For the real Andrea Pirlo, persistently approached by duped dealers who demanded payment for the goods, it was an unpleasant experience.
Turin police eventually apprehended the identity thief and his accomplice by tracing telephone calls and gaining testimonies from traders.
Pirlo kisses the Jules Rimet trophy after winning the World Cup with Italy in 2006