Former Juventus, Milan, and Italy midfielder Andrea Pirlo has retired after a long, illustrious career that included winning the World Cup in 2006.
The 38-year-old announced his retirement after his current team, New York City FC, was knocked out of the MLS Cup playoffs.
“Last match in MLS. As my time in NYC FC comes to an end, I want to thank everybody for the kindness and support they have shown me in this incredible city,” Pirlo said.
“Not only my adventure in New York comes to an end but my journey as a football player as well. Thank you to the amazing supporters, thank you to the coaching staff … and thank you to my team-mates.”
Here is a good video of some of his many career highlights:
Pirlo started at Brescia before moving onto Internazionale and then Reggina. But it was when he joined AC Milan that he enjoyed his most sparkling moments, playing 400 matches for the club. When many considered him past his best, he joined rivals Juventus in 2011.
Milan were shocked as Pirlo became a key piece of the Juventus team that won Serie A four times straight.
He’ll forever remain a hero in his home country for contributing to Italy’s 2006 World Cup win, which took place in Germany.