Monday, 6 November 2017

Pirlo Confirms His Retirement From Football

Former Italy midfielder Andrea Pirlo has confirmed his retirement from football after playing his final game for MLS side New York City.
The 38-year-old won 116 caps for Italy and helped them win the 2006 World Cup in Germany.

Pirlo began his career with local club Brescia, and also played for Inter, AC Milan and Juventus before joining the Major League Soccer side two years ago.

He also won Serie A six times and the Champions League twice with Inter, AC Milan and Juventus during his 22-year career.
 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. You will always be on my side and in my heart.”
Former club Juventus described him as a "true genius."

And New York City manager Patrick Vieira said Pirlo "changed football forever."
"Everyone at New York City FC would like to congratulate Andrea on an incredible career and to thank him for his excellent contribution to NYCFC over the past two and a half years," the club said.
Former Arsenal and France midfielder Vieira, who has been Pirlo's manager at New York City for the last two years, said:
"He's one of the best holding midfielders ever - he changed the position of the number six.
"Before, the role was just tackling and winning the ball, but now you have to be a playmaker, you have to be as good as your number 10 with the ball.
"He had a fantastic career, not just on the field but off it because he's a true gentleman. He's a really good guy."
And Twitter reacts after Pirlo announced his retirement from football:

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