Italy Legend Announces Retirement From Football
Andrea Pirlo Announces His Retirement From International Football
Italian legend Andrea Pirlo has announced his retirement from football following his last game for New York City in the Major League Soccer.
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The 38-year old began his career at Brescia in Serie B, where he helped his home-town team gain promotion to Serie A and in the process attracted interest from Italian giants Inter Milan.
His brief stint at Inter ended when he was sold to the club’s biggest rivals AC Milan and that is where his career really took off. Pirlo won two UEFA Champions League titles, two UEFA Super Cups, two Serie A titles, a FIFA Club World Cup, SuperCoppa Italiana as well as the Coppa Italia in a successful tenure with the Italian giants of Milan between 2003 and 2011.
The midfielder’s shock move to Juventus saw him help The Old Lady to four successive Serie A titles stretching from 2012-2015 as well as two more SuperCoppa Italiana titles in 2012 -2013 and one Coppa Italia in 2015 before his move to New York City.
“Not only is it that my adventure in New York comes to an end but my journey as a football player as well.” Pirlo said via Twitter.
“I would like to thank every team I had the honour to play for and every team-mate that I have been pleased to play alongside.”
Pirlo's illustrious career didn’t stop at domestic level as he won the FIFA World Cup with Italy in 2006 and was an integral part of the team that lost to Spain in the final of the EURO 2012 competition in an international career that saw him amass 116 caps.