You can't go on forever: Andrea Pirlo announces retirement

Jay Jacobs
October 9, 2017

The New York City FC midfielder confirmed that he will be hanging up his playing boots at the end of the MLS season in December, and has been discussing his career with the media.

The decision to retire was disclosed by Pirlo in his interview with La Gazzetta dello Sport. Each day, you have physical problems, you can't train like you normally would, because you always have stuff. At my age, it's fine to say enough is enough. You do not have to continue like this until you are 50 years old, no. I'm going to do something else at 38.

As many players come and go throughout the years, the 38-year-old's name will live long in football fan's memories. There are things that are said, but give me time to decide.

Pirlo departed Juventus, his final European club to date, in 2015 to join newly found MLS outfit New York City FC and is already looking ahead to the next chapter of his career.

He left Italy to join NY in 2015, but has made just 15 MLS appearances for the American side in an injury-hit season.

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"I don't know yet", he said when asked what his next move will be. "I will will return to Italy in December". It depends on the opportunities that you get offered.

In a highly successful career, Pirlo was won the World Cup with Italy in 2006. "To keep fit I will play golf and tennis".

With the Rossoneri, Pirlo developed into a world-class talent, winning two league titles and the Champions League in 2003 and 2007 as he collected nine trophies in 10 years.

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