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World Cup victor Andrea Pirlo to retire in December

New York City midfielder Andrea Pirlo will officially call time on his playing career at the end of the year.

Pirlo has won six Serie A titles and the Champions League twice in an illustrious career, and has played for Italian powerhouses Inter, AC Milan and Juventus.

In an interview with Gazzetta dello Sport, he said: "You realise yourself that the time has come". You have a problem with the physical condition every day, you can't train the way you want because you have some problems.

"At my age, that's enough". You can't play forever up to 50 years. "I'll do something else".

"I don't know what yet".

"I'll be back in Italy in December". Assistant of [Antonio] Conte?

"Work with Conte? They say things, I have some ideas, but give me time to decide". Just because you were a good player doesn't automatically mean you can do it.

"I'm not angry. Instead, I will give a hand to teammates and to the coach". That spark within you needs to ignite, and it's not ignited within me yet. It depends on the opportunities you are given.

"If you get a call from a first team right away, it's hard to refuse".

Following a glittering decade at the San Siro with I Rossoneri, Pirlo spent four trophy-laden years at Juve before heading across the Atlantic. "I'll keep myself in form playing golf and tennis".

Andrea Pirlo in 2006 helped Italy win the world Cup.



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