Andrea Pirlo leaves Juventus for New York City FC

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Serie A champions Juventus have confirmed Andrea Pirlo has completed his switch to MLS side New York City.

The veteran announced earlier this year that his plans were to leave The Old Lady at the end of the season, and it has now been revealed that he will be ending his career out of Europe and in America.

The move to the MLS will be Pirlo's first experience of football outside of Europe and also outside of Italy after spending his entire career up until now in Serie A.


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Pirlo's Career

Pirlo started his senior career back in 1995 with Brescia, and after spending three years there, he completed a move to Inter Milan in 1998.

However the midfielder failed to impress at the San Siro and was sent out on loan on two separate occasions. Once to Reggina and once to his former-club Brescia.

In 2001 he completed a permanent move from Inter Milan to local-rivals AC Milan, where he stayed for ten years.

Throughout his decade with Milan, Pirlo made 284 Serie A appearances, scoring 32 goals.

However, he was then released by Milan in 2011 after being told he was too old. Despite not being wanted by Milan, Juventus snapped him up.

He then spent four years with Juve, winning four consecutive Serie A titles and became a crucial part of The Old Lady's midfield alongside Paul Pogba and Arturo Vidal.

Pirlo leaves Italy after winning 16 major honours. One with Brescia, nine with Milan and six with Juventus.

The Italian will now fly over to America and will be unveiled as a New York City player and will play alongside Premier League legend Frank Lampard.

Club Statement

On their official club website, Juventus released this statement regarding the looming transfer.

"It has been an honour and a privilege to have shared these four fantastic seasons with Andrea and all associated with Juventus Football Club wish him the very best for the future.

"Thanks for everything, Maestro, and good luck.


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