Andrea Pirlo has confirmed his plains to retire from professional football
Posted: 12 November 2017 Time: 11:45
Former Italy international Andrea Pirlo has confirmed he will retire from playing professional football at the end of the Major League Soccer season.
The 38-year-old has enjoyed a glittering career in the game, highlighted by his FIFA World Cup-winning campaign with Italy in 2006.
Pirlo, who also counts six Serie A titles and two UEFA Champions League crowns amongst his successes, is currently part of the New York City FC setup but confirmed his plans to retire at the end of the year.
"I want to thank everybody for the kindness and support they have shown me in this incredible city," wrote Pirlo on social media.
"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."