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Things did not start well for Pirlo at Inter. An inability to break into the first team saw him make several loan moves, first to Reggina and then back to Brescia. The latter would see a small shift that changed the course of his career forever. Pirlo, to this point, had generally been regarded as a classic number 10. Like most young Italians he had grown up idolising Roberto Baggio, a man whom he now found himself playing alongside at Brescia.