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Conte hails Juventus veteran Pirlo an "absolute geniuis"

Italy coach Antonio Conte has declared Juventus veteran Andrea Pirlo a "genius".

Conte worked with Pirlo at Juve before taking the Azzurri job.

"With Pirlo, we're talking about an absolute genius," he said.

"Yesterday [at the Gran Gala del Calcio] he was honoured as the top player in the league."

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