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Pirlo Confirms Plans To Retire

Pirlo Confirms Plans To Retire

By SL International - Oct 08, 2017 12:03 PM

Veteran midfielder Andrea Pirlo has confirmed that he will retire from football when his contract with New York City FC expires in December.

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The former AC Milan and Juventus star has only featured in 15 of City's 32 Major League Soccer matches this campaign, having struggled with injury.

The 38-year-old revealed he can no longer train the way he would like to due to 'physical problems'.

"You just come to realise that the time has come," Pirlo told La Gazzetta dello Sport.

"You have physical problems every day, you can't train as you would like to because you always have something.

"At my age, that's enough. It's not as though you can go on until you're 50. I'll do something else."

When asked about his plans after football, Pirlo added,"I don't know yet.
 
"I'll be back in Italy in December. There are things that are said, but give me time to decide.

"If you get a call from a first team right away, it's hard to refuse. I repeat: for now, I don't have that intention.
 
"After 25 years of football, I will be at home with my family. I'll play golf and tennis to keep fit."
 
Where do you think Pirlo ranks among the best midfielders off all time? Have your say in the comment section below.


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fanist Joined: 20 May 2016
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fanist Oct 10, 2017 11:53 AM
Salute Sir Pirlo! I can't rate u with others cause u are unique
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Twist'embengeni Oct 08, 2017 10:57 PM
No.7
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s.b.u_da_25 Oct 08, 2017 08:58 PM
How did he equal Lewandowski's record if Lewandowski has 16 goals???
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MthokozisiChukuluza Oct 08, 2017 07:39 PM
He's in a spot light he's the best of the best #legendPirlo
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Faysal Oct 08, 2017 02:03 PM
Legend
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MATHEBULA6 Oct 08, 2017 01:36 PM
Yeah pirlo is old now,,
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Calvin wa Bucs Oct 08, 2017 01:29 PM
One of the world's greatest footballer
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DieHardFan Oct 08, 2017 12:59 PM
Salute legend. I remember when you said you love football more than sex haha. Thats how dedicated you've been in the beautiful game
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Binda_Bucks1 Oct 08, 2017 12:54 PM
Hmm 38 years but he still on fire
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mangali93 Oct 08, 2017 12:51 PM
A glorious career indeed!!!
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MR E Oct 08, 2017 12:33 PM
Only pirlo and Xavi are the best middlefielders in the whole whole world.
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luckyTM Oct 08, 2017 12:25 PM
my best midfielder of all tym,,a gud passer!!
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LukasP Oct 08, 2017 12:25 PM
A living legend.
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Mzi4Pool Oct 08, 2017 12:05 PM
I thought you retired long time ago

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