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Andrea Pirlo bids farewell to fans in classy social media message 

The Italian legend has announced he is retiring from football after playing his last game for New York City FC at the weekend

That it’s then, folks.

Andrea Pirlo has bid farewell to his playing career, bowing out after his last game for New York City FC.

Pirlo made his final appearance for NYCFC at the weekend

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Pirlo made his final appearance for NYCFC at the weekend

Our favourite Italian in the whole wide world made his final appearance for NYCFC as a late substitute in their playoff defeat against Columbus Crew on Sunday.


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The 38-year-old is best remembered for his spells at Serie A giants AC Milan and Juventus, where he won six Serie A titles and two Champions League crowns.

The former Italy international – who was an integral part of the side that won the World Cup in 2006 – also boasts 116 caps for his country.

The midfield won the World Cup with Gli Azzurri in 2006

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The midfield won the World Cup with Gli Azzurri in 2006

The dashing, bearded free-kick specialist – renowned for his touch, technique, balance, close control and overall awesomeness – was gracious to the end, writing a simple yet classy message via his official social media accounts on Monday.

He said: “Last match in MLS.

“As my time in NYFC comes to an end I would like to say few words.
“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 work behind the scene, thank you to my teammates.”

Pirlo played alongside David Villa and Frank Lampard at NYCFC

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Pirlo played alongside David Villa and Frank Lampard at NYCFC

“Not only my adventure in NY comes to an end but my journey as a 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 always give me, every team that I had the honor to play for, every teammate I have been pleased to play alongside, all the people that made my career such incredible and 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.”

Bravo, Andrea. 

Pirlo began his career at Brescia, and also turned out for Inter before making a name for himself with their cross-city rivals.

He moved to the MLS in 2015.

So, what’s next for one of the best-loved players of his generation?

Naturally, he’s been heavily linked with a move into coaching, with recent reports claiming he could join Chelsea to become Antonio Conte’s assistant.

Will he join Conte at Chelsea?

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Will he join Conte at Chelsea?

But for now, the legend is keeping his cards close to his chest.

Last month, he said: “I’ll do something else, I’ll be back in Italy in December.

“Work with Conte? They say things, I have some ideas, but give me time to decide.”