Andrea Pirlo is known as one of the greatest midfielders in the world has ever seen because of his vision, ball control, creativity and passing ability. He's almost won all there is to win in the game of football and he is still playing at the age of 37.
Now applying his trade in the MLS for New York City FC, it probably won't be long until Pirlo decides to retire from the game and ride off into the sunset.
Although, judging by what happened during The Bronx Blues' game today against Montreal Impact, that retirement date could be coming sooner rather than later.
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During his side's 1-1 draw with Impact, Pirlo was beaten twice by Chris Duvall with two excellent pieces of skill, one where the American exchanged the ball between his feet to avoid the Italian's lunging challenge and another where the defender flicked the ball over the midfielder's head to push out of defense.
As you can see in the tweet below, it is clear Duvall got the better of the World Cup winner, and provided him with two moments to look back upon and possibly use to evaluate his future in the MLS beyond this season.
Pirlo's contract with New York expires at the end of December later this year, where he will have a big decision to make as to whether or not he will keep on playing.
The midfielder has recently admitted during an interview with L'Equipe that he would be considering retirement soon, but doesn't know what his next career move would be.
He said: "I haven't really decided yet what I'll do after my career. I need to think about what's best for me, whether that's to be a coach or a director or something else.
"I don't know when I'll stop, I have another year on my contract with New York City so we'll see how I feel at the end of this season. But it's sure that I'll stop soon.
"Of course I'd like to play for another 10 years, because I have fun doing it and playing football is the most beautiful thing I do.
"But you get to an age where you have to ask yourself the question: do I keep playing at a high level, as a protagonist, the way I've always done, or do I keep going and be one among many others? I don't like that."
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