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, who began his career with local club Brescia, won 116 caps for the Azzurri and was an integral part of the squad that triumphed at the 2006 World Cup in Germany.
He also won Serie A six times and the Champions League twice during spells with Inter, AC Milan and Juventus before moving to the MLS in 2015.
Pirlo confirmed his retirement in an emotional statement released on social media after New York City’s 2-0 win over Columbus Crew.
The Italian announced earlier this month his plans to quit the game at the end of the season, with his New York City contract set to expire at the end of December.
“I want to thank everybody for the kindness and support they have shown me in this incredible city,” wrote Pirlo.
“Thank you to the amazing supporters, thank you to the coaching staff and everybody that works behind the scenes, thank you to my team-mates.
“Not only my adventure in NY comes to an end but my journey as football player as well.
“That is why I would like to take the opportunity to thank my family and my children for the support and love they have always given me, every team that I had the honour to play for, every team-mate I have been pleased to play alongside, all the people that made my career so incredible.
“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.”
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