Pirlo played for Ancelotti at AC Milan.
“I think Pirlo could win the Ballon d’Or,” revealed Ancelotti.
“Italy can relax for the next World Cup, as they already have an alternative to Pirlo in midfield and his name is Marco Verratti.
“Of course, he’ll need to go a long way to reach Pirlo’s level! In his position he has to leave the ball very quickly, but he is fantastic with his control. He doesn’t feel the pressure of the opponent. I hope in future he can become even quicker at releasing the pass.”