World Cup winner Andrea Pirlo brought down the curtain on his glittering football career yesterday, signing off with a message on Twitter hours after coming on as a late substitute for Major League Soccer side New York City in ther 2-0 win over Columbus Crew.
The 38-year-old leaves the game with two Champions League titles, six Serie A crowns, the 2006 World Cup he won with Italy, as well as a host of other trophies and honours accumulated in more than 20 years. The midfielder made his senior debut for his hometown club Brescia at the age of 16 before moving to Inter Milan in 1998.He struggled to nail down a starting place at Inter and was signed by city rivals AC Milan in 2001.
It was only under Carlo Ancelotti the following season that he began to flourish. Milan won the Champions League and Italian Cup in 2003, and the team won the Serie A title the following year.
By the time he won the World Cup, Pirlo was being hailed as the world's best playmaker and when his form at Milan began to decline, he was offered a move to Juventus.
He enjoyed a renaissance at the Turin club, leading Juventus to the first of the four consecutive Serie A titles he won with them in his debut season, before moving to the United States in July 2015.