The 38-year-old, who enjoyed a trophy-laden career at club and worldwide level, took to social media on Monday to announce hanging up his boots.
"Not only my adventure in NY comes to an end but my journey as a football player as well".
Having announced his retirement on Monday, Italian midfielder Andrea Pirlo will go down as one of the classiest players to lace a pair of boots. Pirlo is the Italian's life in midfield when they won the 2006 World Cup and finished runner up of 2012 Euro.
"Thank you to the incredible supporters, thank you to the coaching staff and everybody that works behind the scenes, thank you to my team-mates". After wading across the clubs at the start of his career, from Brescia, to Inter Milan, to Reggina, Pirlo became part of AC Milan who won two Champions League trophies in 2003 and 2007.
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The midfielder's shock move to Juventus saw him help The Old Lady to four successive Serie A titles stretching from 2012-2015 as well as two more SuperCoppa Italiana titles in 2012 -2013 and one Coppa Italia in 2015 before his move to New York City. "He's been a really good example for the young players that we have on our team, and if they conduct themselves like Andrea, I think they will have a good career".
The 38-year-old came on as a late substitute in his side's 2-0 victory over Columbus Crew in the MLS play-offs but was unable to prevent City exiting the Eastern Conference semi-final on a 4-3 aggregate defeat. Every day you have physical problems, you can not train as you want because you always have some problem, ' he told La Gazzetta dello Sport.
The Englishman wrote: "Andrea Pirlo has announced his retirement from football".
Pirlo headed for the United States at the end of the 2014-2015 season after winning another Serie A title with Juventus - his sixth in total - including two with AC Milan.