ANDREA PIRLO has retired from football as knee problems leave the Italian midfield maestro unable to train daily.
The former AC Milan and Juventus star, 38, has called time on a glittering career after a two-year stint in the MLS with New York City FC.
On hanging up the boots, Pirlo claimed: “You just realise that the time has come.
“Every day you have physical problems, you can not train as you like because you always have some stuff.
“At my age, that’s enough. It’s not that you can go on forever to 50. I’ll do something else.”
NYC FC have two regular season games left in the MLS, with Pirlo set for a swansong against New England Revolution and Columbus Crew.
However, the Italian could be set to play on a little longer, as the US outfit are set to take part in the MLS Playoffs – as they currently sit second in the Eastern Conference.
Pirlo had spent the last two seasons in the MLS with NYC FC, having called time on his astonishing career in Italy’s Serie A.
After kicking off his senior career at Brescia in 1995, Pirlo joined Inter Milan in 1998, before joining rivals AC Milan in 2001.
Following a glittering decade at the San Siro with I Rossoneri, Pirlo spent four trophy-laden years at Juve before heading across the Atlantic.