The man who used to steal designer clothes pretending to be Andrea Pirlo has been arrested by the police and the former Italy international has sued him as well.
In what would be one of the most bizarre stories of the summer, Andrea Pirlo has finally found the person who was stealing expensive clothes on his behalf.
48 year old Alessandro Palazzolo of Valenza had been pretending to be Andrea Pirlo for almost two years. And to cash in on his illustrious countryman’s fame, Signor Palazzolo was able to get a lot of free clothes and jewellery from designers.
Turin police has gotten hold of Pirlo’s doppelganger who is now being sued for fraud.
Andrea Pirlo filed a law suit after he was repeatedly asked by a few brands about unpaid debts. Upon delving into the matter further, Pirlo found out that there is a man who claims to be him. And the former Juventus and Milan legend didn’t really take kindly to this.
According to Gazzetto della Sport, Palazzolo had been hoodwinking poor shopkeepers in Turin, Naples and Brescia. Using nature to his advantage, the doppelganger was able to secure discounts and favours.
And Palazzolo ensured that he never had to return to shops in order to pay for items that he wouldn’t have been able to afford anyway.
In order to ensure that he doesn’t get caught, he also contacted Pirlo’s doctor for medical checkups.
The impersonator’s actions have caused Andrea Pirlo a lot of problems. The former midfielder was besieged by cheated shopkeepers and traders who didn’t know what was actually going on.
During a gala, Palazzolo even had the nerve to turn up posing as the former player’s brother.
Thankfully though, Italian police was able to get their hands on the tricky character. Definitely the doppelganger is going to stay behind the bars for some time and Andrea Pirlo will see sanity return to his life once again.