Andrea Pirlo calls time on career as he sets retirement date

The player is 38 years old and a football legend

He currently plays in MLS with New York City

Andrea Pirlo, jugador del New York City
Andrea Pirlo, jugador del New York City | AFP

Andre Pirlo will retire. At 38, one of the greatest players in Italian football history has decided to end his career in December. A knee problem is stopping him training properly. 

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The former Brescia, Milan and Juventus star is now at New York City in MLS with David Villa. He has played for 23 years, at an extremely high level.

"You realise that the time has come," he told Italian publication 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."

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