Pirlo plans to retire at end of MLS season: ‘The time has come’

World Cup winner and playmaker extraordinaire Andrea Pirlo is ready to hang up his boots.

The 38-year-old said he plans to retire at the end of the Major League Soccer season, closing the curtain on a decorated career spanning two decades.

“You realise yourself that the time has come. Each day, you have physical problems and you can’t train as you would like because there’s always some niggle,” the former Inter, AC Milan, and Juventus midfielder told La Gazzetta dello Sport, courtesy of ESPN FC.

“At my age, it’s fine to say enough is enough. You don’t have to carry on until you are 50. I’ll do something else.”

Pirlo said he’ll return to Italy in December following two-and-a-half underwhelming seasons with New York City FC. He wouldn’t specify what he’ll do in retirement, although there’s a theory he’ll join Antonio Conte’s coaching staff at Chelsea.

He received much fanfare upon his arrival in the Big Apple, but slowly lost his starter’s role in Patrick Vieira’s starting XI. His contract with NYCFC expires on Dec. 31, allowing him to leave without any issue.

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