Italy legend, Andrea Pirlo has announced he will quit football in December when his contract with New York City FC expires.
The veteran midfielder has played for AC Milan, Juventus and internationally for Italy, winning six Serie A titles and two UCL titles. He also played an integral role, as Italy won the 2006 World Cup.
Pirlo believes it is time to end his playing career, as he has been restricted to 15 out of 32 games with NYC FC.
“You realise that the time has come,” he told La Gazzetta dello Sport. “Every day you have physical problems, you cannot train as you want because you always have some problem.
“At my age, that’s enough. It’s not that you can go on forever until the age of 50. I’ll do something else.
“At 38, it’s just right to give young players room. I’m not angry. Instead, I will give a hand to team-mates and to the coach.”
“I’ll do something else, I’ll be back in Italy in December,” he said. “Work with Conte? They say things, I have some ideas, but give me time to decide.”