Pirlo, 34, joined Juventus in 2011 after 10 years with AC Milan but despite his advancing years, he was named Serie A Footballer of the Year last year and was one of the FIFA Ballon D'Or finalists,
However, he's still tipped to leave Juventus in the near future - and now Cannavaro has said he would tell the Azzurri World Cup winner to look closely at a move down under in the footsteps of Alessandro Del Piero who joined Sydney FC last season.
In an exclusive interview with au.fourfourtwo.com, Cannavaro also said he'd consider a move to coach in the A-League too if the conditions were right.
What were the highlights of your trip to Sydney?
Essentially, my time in Sydney was spent being a brand ambassador for Tiger Street Football. It’s a great initiative to help younger players experience an alternative format to our game. It is fun and it is fast, played in a cage with 5-a-side. It was also a special to receive such a response from the fans, they made this trip very memorable.
Were you expecting the crowds you got in Leichhardt and how was that visit for you?
I wasn’t sure what to expect. I was aware of Norton Street being the Italian hub of Sydney but the crowd and the occasion was bigger than I imagined! I think the majority of these fans were there because I captained the Italian team to win the World Cup in 2006, but there were Real Madrid fans, Juventus fans..I signed all the different shirts. It was very nice to be given such a reception. At Tiger Street Football (the tournament was played at the Overseas passenger Terminal in Circular Quay on May 4-5) fans lined up a long way for autograph. Very humbling feeling, nice feeling.
You said foreign coaches were a good idea for the A-League – what type of offer would potentially tempt you to coach in Oz?
I’m not sure – importantly it's about having the right experience. I guess it would depend on the who, what, when, where and why of the situation. There would be many factors I would have to take into account. The standard of living in Australia is definitely very good, it is a lovely country so I could be persuaded.
Any plans to come back to Sydney/Oz? Do you stay in contact with Del Piero?
I’d love to come back to Sydney. It’s such a great city and everyone is so friendly. And yes I still keep in touch with Alessandro over text messages. He’s definitely had a great season. He was one of the best players, scored many goals and brought his professionalism here, which is making people appreciate him for who he is.
Will you advise Andrea Pirlo to play in the A-League?
Of course! Alessandro has set a path for many Italian players. [Sydney FC ] is now a name in Italy and players and the fans are watching him. It is not so hard to see further interest will come from professionals in Italy.
What’s the future hold for Fabio Cannavaro?
I would love to coach an Italy, of course. As a coach, you always dream about working with the pinnacle, this is being ambitious. I would love to coach the best at the top level, which in my case would be the Italian national team or the teams I represented like Juventus or Real Madrid. But what's more important is being realistic, these things may take time. The main thing is that I want to coach in the right environment….gain the right experience.
What’s the future hold for the Azzurri? How confident are you about Brazil 2014?
We will always produce strong teams. Winning teams. Winning enough for Brazil? Time will tell. Good players, even ordinary players, become legends when they win this tournament. Our players will want to win, to be legend. I am looking forward to it and supporting my country in Brazil. Of course it is possible!