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Andrea Pirlo's greatest highlights from his trophy-laden Juventus career

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Sunday marked a sad day for football as Andrea Pirlo announced his plans to retire from football in December, when New York City FC's MLS campaign concludes.

The former Italy international has enjoyed an illustrious career which has included six Serie A titles, two Champions League crowns and lifting the World Cup with Italy in 2006.

His success across spells at AC Milan and Juventus proved how influential the midfield maestro could be; winning five consecutive league titles crossing over his spells with the two clubs.

As many players come and go throughout the years, the 38-year-old's name will live long in football fan's memories.

The Italian may not have been a key feature at the highest level of club football in the past couple of years - since joining the New York club in 2015 - but his departure from sport remains saddening.

The veteran midfielder left a lasting impression on the reigning Serie A champions - winning the Coppa Italia and Italian Super Cup twice, as well as reaching the 2015 Champions League final.

And, in honour of the Italy legend, BT Sport compiled Pirlo's best highlights during his time at Juventus, which can be seen below.

It's unquestionable to say success was in no short supply for Pirlo during his career, but he has finally conceded that age has caught up with him.

Pirlo concedes he physically can't continue

"You just come to realise that the time has come," Pirlo told Gazzetta dello Sport, per FourFourTwo.

"You have physical problems every day, you can't train as you would like to because you always have something.

"At my age, that's enough. It's not as though you can go on until you're 50. I'll do something else."

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With Pirlo enthused by the idea of staying in the sport in some capacity, he has been tipped to head straight into coaching and was linked with becoming Antonio Conte's assistant at Chelsea last season.

But, for now, the Italian looks to enjoy the final two months of his career before heading back to his homeland and considering his future from there.

Italian will find opportunities hard to turn down

"I don't know yet," Pirlo admitted. "I'll be back in Italy in December. There are things that are said, but give me time to decide.

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"If you get a call from a first team right away, it's hard to refuse. I repeat: for now, I don't have that intention.

"After 25 years of football, I will be at home with my family. I'll play golf and tennis to keep fit."

With over 850 appearances at both club and international level to his name, there remains very few for us left to enjoy.

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