Italy legend Andrea Pirlo has announced his decision to hang up the boots at the end of his contract with New York City FC.
The 38-year-old is under contract with the club until December, but with playing time dwindling in the MLS, has decided to call it a day on an illustrious career.
“You realise that the time has come,” said the former AC Milan, Juventus and Italy star to La Gazzetta dello Sport.
“At 38, it’s just right to give young players room. I’m not angry. Instead, I will give a hand to teammates and to the coach.”
Andrea Pirlo is one of the finest midfielders of his generation, revolutionising the holding role with his razor-sharp deliveries from deep positions, and has often been man-marked by opposition teams despite not being a natural number 10.
He won six Serie A titles in his 22-year career, four of which came in successive years at Juventus following Massimiliano Allegri’s decision to allow him to leave the Rossoneri in 2011.
Andre Pirlo has two UEFA Champions League titles to his name, both of which came during his time at AC Milan, while he achieved the ultimate honour at international level with Italy, winning the World Cup in 2006.