Italian legend Andrea Pirlo sues lookalike who pretended to be star for TWO YEARS to get free designer clothes
- Andrea Pirlo has sued a man who used his identity to obtain goods for free
- The 48 year-old would take clothes without returning to pay for them
- For two years the real Andrea Pirlo was approached by cheated shopkeepers
- The man was eventually caught by the Turin police thanks to witness statements
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.
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
According to Gazzetto della Sport, police enquiries uncovered Palazzolo had deceived shopkeepers in Turin, Brescia and Naples, asking for discounts and favours and working with an accomplice who would take items for free.
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