Former Italy midfielder and AC Milan legend Andrea Pirlo has confirmed retirement from football after playing his last game for New York City.
The 38-year-old who began his career with local club Brescia won 116 caps for the Azzurri and was an integral part of the squad that won the 2006 World Cup in Germany after beating France in the final.
The former Inter, AC Milan and Juventus man who joined the Major League Soccer side New York City two years ago in an emotional statement released on social said: ""
I want to thank everybody for the kindness and support they have shown me in this incredible city," wrote Pirlo.
"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.
" said Pirlo
As well as helping the Azzurri become world champions, Pirlo also won many domestic honours
during his 22-year career. He was part of a Milan side who won two Serie A titles, two Champions Leagues and a Club World Cup between 2003 and 2011, then was instrumental in Juventus winning four successive Scudettos between 2012 and 2015.