Italian football legend Andrea Pirlo earlier this week called time on his career and decided to hang up his boots from the beautiful game.
Pirlo has had one of the most illustrious careers in football history and has won numerous major trophies throughout his career, including the prestigious FIFA World Cup with his nation of Italy back in 2006. Other than that, Pirlo has also lifted the UEFA Champions League trophy on two occasions and has six Serie A titles to his name.
In his 22 year career, Pirlo has represented three of the biggest top clubs in Italian football history, in the form of Inter Milan, AC Milan, and Juventus. However, it all started for Pirlo when he first signed for Brescia in 1995 where he won the Serie B title in 1997.
Despite that Pirlo first got his big break in the world of football when he signed for “The Rossoneri” AC Milan in 2001. Pirlo played over 280 matches for Milan many honors with the club such as the Serie A, the Coppa Italia, the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Super Cup, and even the FIFA Club World Cup in 2007.
After signing with Milan, Pirlo got his first call up the Italian national team in 2002. Pirlo proudly represented the Gli Azzurri till 2015 and played for a total of 116 matches for his country. Pirlo also had a major run with Italian giants Juventus, for whom he signed in 2011 and won four consecutive Serie A championships before departing for the Major League soccer in 2015.
— Andrea Pirlo (@Pirlo_official) November 6, 2017
The Azzurri midfielder sported the sky blue of New York City FC for two years and on 5th November 2017, Pirlo made his final professional appearance when he represented his team of NYCFC in the 2017 MLS Eastern Conference Semi-finals. Pirlo’s final football match ended in a 2-0 win as New York defeated Columbus Crew but his side still got eliminated from the MLS playoffs after losing 4-3 on aggregate.
The 38-year-old bowed out in style from the beautiful game and also had a message for all his fans that supported him throughout his career.
I want to thank you all for the warmth and love that you showed me. I would never have imagined such an involvement. It made me very proud and happy. Once again THANK YOU! pic.twitter.com/HadKjhnCdH
— Andrea Pirlo (@Pirlo_official) November 8, 2017