Pirlo to hang up his boots in December


Andrea Pirlo will hang up his boots in December, when his contract with New York City expires. The talented midfielder, now 38 years of age, confirmed the news in an interview with La Gazzetta Dello Sport, in which he says that he is finding training more difficult nowadays.

“You realise when the moment has come to call time on your career. Every day you have more twinges and niggles, you cannot train as well as you would like because you’ve always got some problem or other. At the age I have reached, you’ve had enough. You cannot play until you are 50. I’ll do something else.” Will he go into management? It is a possibility that he does not rule out. “I still don’t know what I’m going to do. In December I’ll go back to Italy. There’s a lot of things being said, and I have some ideas, but I’m going to take my time before I decide what to do”, he said. The latest rumours indicate that he might go to be Antonio Conte’s right-hand man. As a player, he came face to face with the current Chelsea boss many times during his time at Milan and Juventus.

His track record is impressive. Pirlo has made 715 official appearances, 116 for the Italian national team, scored 86 goals and lifted 18 trophies, among them two Champions League titles, two UEFA Super Cups, a FIFA Club World Cup, six Scudettos, two Coppa Italia and three Italian Super Cups. He has worn the shirts of Brescia, Reggina, Inter Milan, AC Milan, Juventus and New York City.