Italy legend Pirlo calls time on career

Andrea Pirlo seemingly made the last appearance of his football career on Sunday evening

It's always been announced but yesterday it was confirmed - Andre Pirlo is retiring from professional football.

The 38-year old began his career at Brescia in Serie B, where he helped his home-town team gain promotion to Serie A and in the process attracted interest from Italian giants Inter Milan. "As my time in NYFC comes to an end I would like to say few words", he wrote.

A victor of six Serie A titles, two Champions League crowns and a World Cup, the Italy legend bowed out with a special message for team-mates and fans.

"He spoke with his feet", Marcello Lippi, Italy's coach at the 2006 World Cup, said on Monday. "Thank you to the unbelievable supporters, thank you to the coaching staff ... and thank you to my team-mates".

Not only is my adventure in NY coming to an end but my journey as a footballer as well.

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New York City saw their campaign come to an end on Sunday, when they were eliminated from the MLS play-offs by Columbus Crew.

After a career spanning 23 years, Andrea Pirlo will be remembered as one of the greatest midfielders of all time.

Pirlo posted a statement on Twitter thanking his family and every team he "had the honor to play for, every teammate I have been pleased to play alongside, all the people that made my career such incredible and last but not least, all the fans around the world that always showed me support".

Recently retired Roma captain Francesco Totti, another teammate from the 2006 Italy side, tweeted, "It was an honor to play with you and against you, a champion with huge class". Every day you have physical problems, you can not train as you want because you always have some problem, ' he told La Gazzetta dello Sport.

He enjoyed a renaissance at the Turin club, leading Juventus to the first of the four consecutive Serie A titles he won with them in his debut season, before moving to the United States in July 2015.

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