Andrea Pirlo has finally ended speculation about his career after agreeing a deal to sign for New York City FC today.
36 year old Pirlo has a decorated trophy cabinet of six Serie A titles, two Champions Leagues winners medals and a World Cup to go with them.
Modern day great
A career spanning over 20 years of football saw him spend a decade at AC Milan before moving to Juventus in 2011 and many had believed the move had highlighted the best days were behind Andrea Pirlo.
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However, the evergreen Italian began to prove again that the tempo of the modern game could be easily manipulated if you were one step ahead in the mind, and Pirlo was more than that.
Scoring 19 goals for Juve (15 of which were glorious free kicks) and winning the league title in each of his four seasons in Turin, Pirlo was reborn at Juve and maintained the maestro of the modern game.
A final season in Italy was capped with another huge moment for Andrea Pirlo in the Champions League final only for it to end in bitter disappointment courtesy of a defeat to the hands of the fantastic Barcelona - leaving Pirlo visibly emotional.
Looking to put the past behind him Pirlo has now confirmed his departure for greener and more relaxed pastures. A move to the MLS is surely a retirement plan for one of the modern day greats and the contract was confirmed by NYCFC today.
A new horizon dawns for the last pillar of football's genius midfielders as he now links up with the likes of Frank Lampard and David Villa as he begins the final journey of his football career, much to the sadness of football hipsters everywhere.
All that is left to be said is that in Europe he will be particularly missed as the search for a new maestro of the midfield that is loved by the masses begins.
No Pirlo. No Party.
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