Andrea Pirlo announces he will retire from football in December
The 38-year-old says he will retire when his New York City FC contract ends in December.
Living football legend, Andrea Pirlo has confirmed he will retire from professional football when his contract at New York City FC expires in December.
Pirlo, 38, has won 17 major trophies including six Serie A titles and two Champions Leagues and a World Cup.
The former Juventus icon has been plagued by injury problems this season featuring in just 15 of NYCFC’s 32 MLS games this season.
The MLS season is set to conclude by December, and the former Inter Milan midfielder believes it is the right time to bring and end to his playing career.
“You realise that the time has come,” he told La Gazzetta dello Sport. “Every day you have physical problems, you cannot train as you want because you always have some problem.
“At my age, that’s enough. It’s not that you can go on forever until the age of 50. I’ll do something else.
“At 38, it’s just right to give young players room. I’m not angry. Instead, I will give a hand to team-mates and to the coach.”
There have been reports Pirlo reuniting with former coach Antonio Conte at Chelsea to work as his assistant, but he is yet to make a decision on what his future hold.
“I’ll do something else, I’ll be back in Italy in December,” he said. “Work with Conte? They say things, I have some ideas, but give me time to decide.”