Bye Bye legend: Andrea Pirlo announced that he will soon retire

Violet Powell
October 9, 2017

Andrea Pirlo has indicated he will retire from soccer when his New York City FC contract expires in December.

"You realise by yourself that the moment has arrived", the World Cup victor told Gazzetta dello Sport. Each day, you have physical problems, you can't train like you normally would, because you always have stuff.

"At my age, that's enough".

"It's not that you can go on forever to 50. I'll do something else", he said.

"It's just right to give young players room".

"I'm not angry. Instead, I'll give a hand to the Coach and the others".

The 38-year-old has only made 15 MLS appearances this year, having struggled to regain full fitness following a knee injury.

The 38-year-old, who managed to help Italy win the World Cup in 2006, is now plying his trade in the MLS with New York City but has found game time harder to come by.

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He left Italy to join NY in 2015, but has made just 15 MLS appearances for the American side in an injury-hit season.

Pirlo, 38, joined NYC in 2015 after helping Juventus win four Serie A titles in a row and playing in the Champions League final against Barcelona.

Incidentally, rumors are circulating that Pirlo will become assistant head coach to Chelsea's Antonio Conte.

"I'll do something else, I'll be back in Italy in December". I have my ideas, but I will allow myself time to decide.

Andrea Pirlo has rejected claims suggesting that the state of football in Italy is in poor health.

"It's hard to build a new team, it takes time and faith and you know results won't arrive straight away. I'll play golf and tennis to keep fit".

The creative genius and set-piece specialist also won the Champions League twice while at the San Siro - in 2003 and 2007.

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