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Pirlo finally hangs his boots after his last game with NYC

The great free kick specialist who had a rather fantastic career finally called off for his retirement after the last game with New York City FC.

Andre Pirlo, popularly known for his pinch perfect free kicks and for being an “Architect” of the team because of his special playmaking skills and elegant style of play, at last finally confirmed his retirement from football.

The Italian who began his career with local club Brescia won 116 caps for the Azzurri and was an integral part of the squad that made history at the 2006 World Cup in Germany.

He also won Serie A six times and the Champions League twice during spells with Inter, AC Milan and Juventus before moving to the MLS in 2015.

The 38-year-old former Juventus legend confirmed his retirement in an emotional statement on Twitter after New York City’s 2-0 win over Columbus Crew.

The Italy legend had already announced earlier last month about his plans for retirement at the end of the campaign.

He wrote on his Twitter account, “I want to thank everybody for the kindness and support they have shown me in this incredible city.”

“Thank you to the amazing supporters, thank you to the coaching staff and everybody that works behind the scenes, thank you to my team-mates.

“Not only my adventure in NY comes to an end but my journey as football player as well.

“That is why I would like to take the opportunity to thank my family and my children for the support and love they have always given me, every team that I had the honour to play for, every team-mate I have been pleased to play alongside, all the people that made my career so incredible.

“Last but not least, all the fans around the world that always showed me support. You will always be on my side and in my heart.”

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