Andrea Pirlo hangs up his boots
One of the all-time great Italian midfielder, Andrea Pirlo, has confirmed he’s retiring this weekend.
Now 38, Pirlo has been plying his trade in Major League Soccer in recent years.
Pirlo moved to New York back in 2015 following an incredible Serie A career.
The Azzurri maestro began his career with Brescia in the mid-90s, before he joined Inter Milan until 2001.
Pirlo then spent 10 years at AC Milan from 2001 to 2011, before he switched to Juventus for four seasons.
Pirlo’s retirement plan
This weekend, Pirlo has confirmed to Gazzetta dello Sport that he’s approaching the final stages of his professional career.
Indeed, when the MLS season ends in December, Pirlo will move into the next chapter of his life. Pirlo explained his decision as follows:
You realise that the time has come. Every day you have physical problems, you cannot train as you want because you always have some problem.
At my age, that’s enough. It’s not that you can go on forever until the age of 50. I’ll do something else.
The decision seems to be a smart one for Pirlo, as he’s attracted plenty of criticism in recent times.
He’s often dubbed the coolest and most sophisticated footballer on the planet.
He’s revered by fans all over the world for his style and suaveness.
But, for New York City FC fans, Italian midfielder Andrea Pirlo has now become a liability.
Pirlo’s trophy cabinet
Pirlo seriously began collecting medals during his AC Milan days.
During his time with the Rossoneri, he won two UEFA Champions Leagues (2003, 2007), two UEFA Super Cups (2003, 2007), two Serie A titles (2004, 2011), a FIFA Club World Cup (2007), a Supercoppa Italiana (2004), and a Coppa Italia (2003).
The trophies kept flowing at Juventus. Pirlo added four more Serie A titles (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015), as well as two Supercoppa Italiana titles (2012, 2013), and a Coppa Italia (2015).
He also won the 2006 World Cup.