ANDREA PIRLO has retired from soccer as knee issues depart the Italian midfield maestro unable to coach every day.
The previous AC Milan and Juventus star, 38, has referred to as time on a glittering profession after a two-year stint within the MLS with New York Metropolis FC.
On hanging up the boots, Pirlo claimed: “You simply realise that the time has come.
“Day by day you have got bodily issues, you can’t prepare as you want since you at all times have some stuff.
“At my age, that is sufficient. It is not that you would be able to go on perpetually to 50. I am going to do one thing else.”
NYC FC have two common season video games left within the MLS, with Pirlo set for a swansong towards New England Revolution and Columbus Crew.
Andrea Pirlo’s golf equipment
1998-2001: Inter Milan
2001-2011: AC Milan
2015-2017: New York Metropolis FC
Nonetheless, the Italian may very well be set to play on a bit of longer, because the US outfit are set to participate within the MLS Playoffs – as they at the moment sit second within the Japanese Convention.
Pirlo had spent the final two seasons within the MLS with NYC FC, having referred to as time on his astonishing profession in Italy’s Serie A.
After kicking off his senior profession at Brescia in 1995, Pirlo joined Inter Milan in 1998, earlier than becoming a member of rivals AC Milan in 2001.
Following a glittering decade on the San Siro with I Rossoneri, Pirlo spent 4 trophy-laden years at Juve earlier than heading throughout the Atlantic.
Andrea Pirlo’s trophies
Serie A (6)– 2003-04, 2010-11, 2011-12, 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15
Champions League (2) – 2002-03, 2006-07
Coppa Italia (2) – 2002-03, 2014-15
Supercoppa Italiana (three) – 2004, 2012, 2013
Uefa Tremendous Cup (2) – 2003, 2007
Fifa Membership World Cup (1) – 2007
World Cup (1) – 2006
On high of that, Pirlo racked up an astonishing 116 caps for Italy, scoring 13 occasions for the Azzurri.
In the course of the Italian’s phenomenal profession, through which he made the gorgeous sport look all of the extra gorgeous, Pirlo obtained his fingers on the Serie A title SIX occasions – 4 with Juventus and two at AC Milan.
The inventive genius and set-piece specialist additionally received the Champions League twice whereas at San Siro superstars Milan – in 2003 and 2007.
On the worldwide scene, Pirlo additionally received the World Cup in 2006, within the penalty-shootout win over France.