Italy great Andrea Pirlo indicates he'll retire after NYCFC contract expires

Pirlo said in an interview with La Gazzetta dello Sport that he will retire at the end of the current MLS season. Known for his curling free kicks and pin-point passing skills, Pirlo hung his boots after persistent knee problems proved to be a deterrent in his everyday training schedule.

The 38-year-old has played just 15 of his side's 32 MLS games this season and admitted he can not train the way he wants to, but Dalla Bonna feels he has done enough to be remembered as an iconic player.

The 1998-1999 squad of Inter boasted of Javier Zanetti, Diego Simeone, Roberto Baggio, Ronaldo and many more, which proved hard for a then 19-year-old Pirlo to establish himself as a first team regular.

"At my age, that's enough". Just because you were a good player doesn't automatically mean you can do it. You don't have to carry on until you are 50.

Pirlo won a World Cup with Italy back in 2006 and was the man of the match three times, including the final against France. I'm going to do something else at 38. "I'm not angry. Instead, I will give a hand to team-mates and to the coach", he said.

The former Juventus, Milan and Italy icon has been with the Major League Soccer side since 2015 but has been plagued by injury problems this season.

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is one of the best managers in world football, according to Andrea Pirlo.

"I have some ideas, but I will give myself some time in order to decide".

Pirlo will be hopeful of finishing his career on a high with NYCFC, who are well on course to secure a playoff place in the Eastern Conference of MLS. He also won the Champions League twice.

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