Former Italian footballer Andrea Pirlo has announced his decision to retire from football after his last game for his club side, New York City.
The 38-year-old midfielder has been capped 116 times for Italy and was pivotal to the country winning the 2006 World Cup.
Pirlo played for Italian giants, Inter, AC Milan and Juventus before moving to the US to join the Major League Soccer two years ago.
The midfield legend announced his decision to draw to a close his 22-year footballing career in a statement posted on his Twitter account.
He also thanked all the teams he played for as well as the players he played alongside.
“I thank every team that I had the honour to play for” and “every team-mate that I have been pleased to play alongside,” Pirlo wrote
His last employers, New York City FC also congratulated and thanked him for his contribution to the club saying;
“Everyone at New York City FC would like to congratulate Andrea on an incredible career and to thank him for his excellent contribution to NYCFC over the past two and a half years.”