Italy legend Pirlo announces retirement

New York City FC and former Azzurri midfielder Andrea Pirlo announced his retirement from professional football on Monday.Pirlo, 38, was

a member of Italy's 2006 World Cup-winning side and captured two Champions League titles with Milan.His NYCFC side was gotten rid of from the Major League Soccer playoffs on Sunday, being up to the Columbus Team, 4-3 on aggregate in the Eastern Conference semifinals." I want to thank everyone for the compassion and

assistance they have actually shown me in this amazing city,"Pirlo composed in a declaration." Thank you to the remarkable advocates, thank you to the coaching staff and everybody that works behind the scenes, thank you to my colleagues. Not just my adventure in NY concerns an end, however my journey as a football gamer, also."A local of Flero, Pirlo came up in the Brescia youth ranks before debuting with the senior side in 1995. He made 47 looks with the club prior to a transfer to Inter in 1998. Sent out on loan two times, Pirlo made just 22 looks for Inter before visiting the red side of the San Siro.It was at Milan where Pirlo developed his name, renowned for his totally free kicks.

In addition to the two Champions League titles, Pirlo won a set of Serie A crowns with Milan in 2004 and 2011, along with a Coppa Italia in 2003. After a decade with Milan and 284 appearances, Pirlo signed up with Juventus

on a totally free in 2011. The honors continued to coming in for Pirlo in Torino, winning four Serie A titles from 2012 to 2015 and the Coppa Italia in 2015. Pirlo joined NYCFC after leaving Juve, making 60 looks over 3 seasons.Internationally., Pirlo was topped 116 times by Italy, connected for fourth-most ever, and scored 13 times.

After making his senior debut in 2002, Pirlo played in 3 World Cups and 3 Euros. He scored the first penalty in the 2006 World Cup Final, helping Italy catch its first worldwide title in 24 years.