The crowd at the MaracanÃ was chanting Pirlo's name before he took the decisive free kick, so does he feel a bit Brazilian?
"I don't know that. I feel Italian and was fortunate enough to grow up playing in Italy. Of course it is pleasing to be compared to Brazilian champions. They already started calling me Pirlinho!
"I feel important for my teams, but terms like world class and champion aren't up to me and I'd never use them for myself."