Pirlo reveals Gattuso once ate a slug for a €10,000 bet

‘He took it and sent it down!’ Andrea Pirlo reveals former AC Milan team-mate Gennaro Gattuso once ate a slug for a €10,000 bet during their their time together at the San Siro

  • Andrea Pirlo and Gennaro Gattuso played in midfield together at AC Milan
  • The Italian pair won two Champions League titles during 10 years together 
  • Pirlo, while speaking on Juventus’ All or Nothing show, revealed an amusing tale
  • Milan squad dared Gattuso to eat a slug – and the bombastic midfielder obliged 

Andrea Pirlo has revealed former AC Milan team-mate Gennaro Gattuso once ate a slug for a €10,000 bet during their illustrious period together at the San Siro.

The Italian duo played in the same midfield at Milan for ten years from 2001-2011, winning two Champions League titles in 2003 and 2007. 

Pirlo and Gattuso were also part of Italy’s 2006 World Cup-winning squad and while taking part in Juventus’ All or Nothing docu-series as manager, Pirlo told an amusing tale about his former team-mate. 

Andrea Pirlo revealed former team-mate Gennaro Gattuso once ate a slug for a €10,000 bet

The midfield duo (left) won two Champions League trophies and a Serie A title at the San Siro 

Speaking on the eve of the 2020 Italian Super Cup in January 2021 – when Gattuso was managing opposition side Napoli – Pirlo said: “Once we made a bet… you know the snails, the ones without their shells, so big?

‘We said “come on Rinos, if you eat it we will give you 10 thousand euros, we collect them and then you give them to the warehouse workers.”

‘He took the slug, he sent it down, we didn’t give a ****. He wanted to kill us all.’

Pirlo added about his former team-mate, known for his bombastic nature on the pitch: ‘Whenever Gattuso talked at the table they made him “shhh” from the other tables, he went crazy, got up and started beating someone.’

The pair also won two Serie A titles together and one Coppa Italia, with the eight years of Carlo Ancelotti in charge from 2001-2009 their most successful years. 

The pair pose for the cameras as they go up against each other as managers in January 2021 

Pirlo, who joined Milan from rivals Inter in 2001, left on a free transfer in 2011 for Juventus, going on to win four Scudetto crowns in a row. 

Gattuso, meanwhile, was at Milan from 1999-2012 and finished his career a year later after one solitary season at Swiss club FC Sion. 

Both have dipped their toes into management too, with Pirlo leaving Juve after one soilitary season at the club while Gattuso left Napoli in the same summer.  

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