Andrea Pirlo announces retirement

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"It's not that you can go on forever to 50".

Pirlo has been in and out of the team this season having suffered problems with his knees and muslces. I will do something else.

Andrea Pirlo on Sunday announced retirement from football once his contract with New York City FC expires.

The 38-year-old enjoyed some of his best years under Conte at Serie A giants Juventus, where the pair enjoyed lots of success. Maybe that AC Milan was too strong for me, at that time though.

It was also during his time with Milan that he helped inspire Italy to World Cup glory in 2006.

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The 38-year-old, who has been playing in the MLS since 2015, will hang up his boots at the end of New York City's season and has explained why it is time to call it a day.

"Over the years he improved, with his desire to win and doing everything to the best of his ability".

Following a glittering decade at the San Siro with the Rossoneri, Pirlo spent four trophy-laden years at Juve before heading across the Atlantic. Milan won the league after he joined but Dalla Bona struggled to break into a team that included the likes of Pirlo, Clarence Seedorf, Rui Costa, Alberto Ambrosini and Gennaro Gattuso. On worldwide front, Pirlo represented his country at every age group and made 116 senior appearances, scoring 13 goals.

The former Italy global has enjoyed an illustrious career which has included six Serie A titles, two Champions League crowns and lifting the World Cup with Italy in 2006. At individual level, he was routinely named in every list of top footballers throughout his career, only the much-coveted Ballon d'Or eluded the midfielder.

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