Hours after Juventus relieved Maurizio Sarri of his duties, former midfielder Andrea Pirlo was roped in as the club's new manager, sending the entire footballing world into a frenzy.

Pirlo, who had an impressive four-year spell with the Old Lady between 2011 to 2015, was recently named the coach of Juventus' U-23 side, but took over the senior team after Sarri was sacked following the club's exit from the Champions League at hands of Lyon.

"The choice is based on the belief that Pirlo has what it takes to lead from his debut on the bench, an expert and talented squad to pursue new successes," Juventus said.

"Today, begins a new chapter of his career in the world of football: from Maestro to Mister."

Sarri joined Juventus on a three-year contract last summer after guiding Chelsea to the Europa League triumph, and although he did win the Scudetto in his first season, his style of play failed to impress the faithful. Under his management, Juventus also failed to win the Italian Cup and Italian Super Cup.

Pirlo, on the other hand, hung boots in 2017 and has since been known for being a wine connoisseur. He, in fact, own vineyard in Italy, which reportedly produces around 15–20,000 bottles a year. Reacting to the news, Napoli manager Gennaro Gattuso warned Pirlo that his playing career will count for little.

"Well he's screwed now… That's the job," Gattuso told Sky Italia following Napoli's defeat to Barcelona in the Champions League on Saturday.

"He's lucky to be starting at Juventus, but this profession is one where a great playing career is not enough.

"You have to study, to work hard, and you don't get much sleep."

Meanwhile, at Juventus, Pirlo will coach his former teammate Gianluigi Buffon, who is actually a year older than him. 

"So now I have to call you Mister!?!?! Good luck for this new challenge Andrea!," wrote Buffon on Twitter.

Fans, on the other hand, were ecstatic with the news and here's how they are reacting:

Feature image courtesy: AFP / Marco Bertorello