's 22-year career came to an end on Sunday night. After having not played for more than a month, the Italian maestro came on for the final minute of New York City FC's 2-0 win over
Columbus Crew SC that was not enough to overturn the 4-1 loss at Columbus.
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The 38-year-old Pirlo announced his retirement on Monday, ending a 22-year career as a pro that began with his
hometown team Brescia two days after he turned 16 in 1995.
Pirlo won two Serie A titles and two UEFA Champions League titles with AC Milan and four Serie A titles with Juventus. He also
won the 2006 World Cup with Italy. In his role as a deep-lying playmaker, he was one of the best passers of his generation.
He was 36 when he left Juve in 2015 to join NYCFC and struggled
in MLS. He started 32 of 34 games in his first full season in the league in 2016 but played just 15 games in 2017 and registered only two assists.
In a statement, NYCFC said
Pirlo "will be remembered as one of the finest registas in the history of the game." Juventus described
him as a "true genius of the Beautiful Game" and it's been an honor to share the journey with you. Grazie, Maestro."