Andrea Pirlo has been left in a pickle after Italy failed to qualify for the World Cup.
But in a campaign, a series of legends of the game, like Marcel Desailly, Cafu and Harry Kewell have tried to recruit Pirlo to support their own national teams.
With the World Cup kicking off later this week, Pirlo admitted he was struggling to look forward to it without Italy being involved.
Andrea Pirlo decked out in an England scarf ahead of the World Cup in Russia this summer
Marcel Desailly (left) and Harry Kewell (right) try to convince Pirlo to support their countries
Former Brazil international Cafu also posed alongside Pirlo as part of the campaign
Pirlo said: ‘For the first time I can remember, I was not looking forward to the FIFA World Cup this year. I thought ‘No Italy, no party’ but there is still a summer full of football for me to enjoy as a fan at home.
‘Without Italy at the tournament, I need a new team to support and I’m looking forward to meeting with some of the most respected footballers in history to help me make a decision.’
The players have already been pitching their teams to Pirlo as part of an UberEATS campaign.
1998 FIFA World Cup winner Desailly said: ‘It’s been 20 years since France’s golden generation last won the FIFA World Cup, and this year I believe our new talented team will lift the trophy again.
Pirlo tries being a Brazil fan on for size ahead of the World Cup after Italy missed out
The former Juventus man has also been told to try supporting Australia ahead of World Cup
‘Pirlo if you want to back the winners, France is your team.’
While Kewell, formerly of Leeds and Liverpool, added: ‘Andrea should take the opportunity to do something different this year and support an underdog, and there’s no better underdog than the Aussies.
‘I fancy us to get past the group stages this year and anything can happen from there.’
Cafu also posed alongside the ex-Juventus man in an attempt to get him to support Brazil.
Pirlo with France flags as he tries out supporting a number of teams before the World Cup