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'That's enough'

The world’s favourite midfielder announces his retirement due to injury problems

Andrea Pirlo has called time on a glittering career after two-year stint in the MLS with New York City FC

The maestro is hanging up his boots.

Andrea Pirlo has announced his retiremnent from football at the age of 38.

Andrea Pirlo has retired from football due to knee injury problems

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What a man

The cultured Italian playmaker has been unable to train daily because of issues with his knees and has therefore decided give up the professional game.

The former Milan and Juventus star calls time on a glittering career after a two-year stint in the MLS with New York City FC.

The World Cup winner said: “You just realise that the time has come.

“Every day you have physical problems, you can not train as you like because you always have some stuff.

“At my age, that’s enough. It’s not that you can go on forever to 50. I’ll do something else.”

Andrea Pirlo has retired from football after 116 caps for Italy

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A class act from day one

Andrea Pirlo's clubs

1995-1998: Brescia
1998-2001: Inter Milan
2001-2011: AC Milan
2011-2015: Juventus
2015-2017: New York City FC

New York have two regular season games left in MLS, with Pirlo set for a swansong against New England Revolution and Columbus Crew.

However, the Italian could be set to play on a little longer, as the US outfit are set to take part in the MLS Playoffs – as they currently sit second in the Eastern Conference.

Pirlo had spent the last two seasons in the MLS with NYC FC, having called time on his astonishing career in Italy’s Serie A.

After kicking off his senior career at Brescia in 1995, Pirlo joined Inter Milan in 1998, before joining rivals AC Milan in 2001.

Following a glittering decade at the San Siro with the Rossoneri, Pirlo spent four trophy-laden years at Juve before heading across the Atlantic.

Andrea Pirlo has waved goodbye to the beautiful game after 22 years

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Pirlo waves goodbye after 22 glorious years

Andrea Pirlo's trophies

Serie A (6)– 2003-04, 2010-11, 2011-12, 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15
Champions League (2) – 2002-03, 2006-07
Coppa Italia (2) – 2002-03, 2014-15
Supercoppa Italiana (3) – 2004, 2012, 2013
Uefa Super Cup (2) – 2003, 2007
Fifa Club World Cup (1) – 2007
World Cup (1) – 2006

Andrea Pirlo won two Serie A titles and two Champions Leagues at AC Milan

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Beard or no beard?

Pirlo racked up an astonishing 116 caps for Italy, scoring 13 times for the Azzurri.

He was also part of Italy’s triumphant 2006 World Cup squad.

The creative genius and set-piece specialist also won the Champions League twice while at the San Siro — in 2003 and 2007.

The Italian maestro helped his nation lift the World Cup trophy in 2006

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Crowning achievement

Thanks for the memories, Andrea.

You will be missed.