World Cup winner Andrea Pirlo introduced down the curtain on his glittering soccer profession on Monday, signing off with a message on Twitter hours after approaching as a late substitute for Main League Soccer aspect New York Metropolis in ther 2-zero win over Columbus Crew.
The 38-yr-previous recommended final month he would retire on the finish of the season and leaves the sport with two Champions League titles, six Serie A crowns, the 2006 World Cup he gained with Italy, in addition to a number of different trophies and honours collected in additional than 20 years.
“Not solely my journey in NY involves an finish however my journey as a soccer participant as nicely,” Pirlo, who has 116 caps for his nation, stated within the message.
The midfielder made his senior debut for his hometown membership Brescia on the age of sixteen earlier than shifting to Inter Milan in 1998.
He struggled to nail down a beginning place at Inter, the place he was deployed behind the strikers, and was signed by metropolis rivals AC Milan in 2001 with doubts looming over his effectiveness.
Pirlo performed second fiddle to Rui Costa in his first season at Milan, the place like at Inter he was deployed as a ‘trequartista’, a place the place his lack of tempo hindered him.
It was solely underneath Carlo Ancelotti the next season that he started to flourish, with the supervisor’s determination to maneuver him to a deeper position simply in entrance of the defence permitting his playmaking skills to return to the fore.
Milan gained the Champions League and Italian Cup in 2003 with Pirlo pulling the strings, and the group gained the Serie A title the next yr as he continued to blossom within the ‘regista’ position that has since turn into synonymous with him.
By the point he gained the World Cup, Pirlo was being hailed because the world’s greatest playmaker and when his type at Milan started to say no, he was provided a transfer to Juventus.
He loved a renaissance on the Turin membership, main Juventus to the primary of the 4 consecutive Serie A titles he gained with them in his debut season, earlier than shifting to the USA in July 2015.
Pirlo helped New York Metropolis attain the MLS play-offs in every of the previous two seasons, however was unable so as to add to his trophy haul with the membership.
“I want to… thank my household… each staff I had the honour to play for, each staff mate I’ve been happy to play alongside, all of the individuals who made my profession so unimaginable,” he stated. “You’ll all the time be on my aspect and in my coronary heart.”
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