Andrea Pirlo's tears on the field at the Olympiastadion in Berlin back on June 6th appear to have been brought about not only by defeat in the Champions League Final, but by the knowledge that he had just played his final game for Juventus.
The veteran midfielder's future was already a hot topic in the lead up to the European season's finale and now a picture has emerged which all but confirms where he will be plying his trade next.
Despite mooted interest from both Liverpool and Chelsea it appears that Pirlo has opted against offers from Europe to head to the bright lights of New York City.
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With speculation linking the Italian to a move to New York City FC having ramped up in recent weeks it now looks like the deal is all but complete, with Pirlo spotted this weekend in attendance at a baseball game at Yankee Stadium - the adopted home of the MLS' newest franchise.
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Indeed, The New York Post is reporting that what they describe as a "megadeal" is in place that will see Andrea Pirlo become the team's third Designated Player, alongside David Villa and Frank Lampard.
The Post also reports that Pirlo was joined at the Yankees game by New York City chief executive Ferran Soriano with key negotiations having taken place after the photo was snapped.
Not their man?
Manchester City of course are part owners of NYCFC and officials from the EPL team are heavily involved in both organizations.
In fact, there are some who believe the signing of Pirlo actually goes against the wishes of some in the NYCFC front office.
Still got it
With New York City having only just begun to find their feet in MLS after a difficult start to their existence there can be few who would begrudge having a player of the calibre of Andrea Pirlo join their ranks.
He may now be 36 years of age but the midfield maestro has played in a Champions League final and crucial European Championship qualifying games in the past month alone.
Pirlo has six Serie A titles, two Champions League winners medals and one FIFA World Cup on his impressive resume and it was no wonder the likes of Liverpool and Chelsea had been touted as possible destinations.
He will certainly add a touch of class should his big money contract with NYCFC be announced as expected.
MLS fans: Who is a better signing, Pirlo, Lampard or Gerrard? Have your say in the comments below...
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