After playing with the Juventus for four seasons, Italian footballer, Andrea Pirlo has decided to move to the New York City FC.
The 36-year-old player will take forward his distinctive charm and splendour to the newcomers at the new club for a time span of two and a half years.
His transition was confirmed by the Italian organisation, and was then confirmed by the New York City FC.
He is the third designated player to join the club. Pirlo used the micro-blogging site, Twitter, to express his gratitude towards the Italian organisation on 6 July.
He thanked his supporters and insisted that it was not an easy decision to make.
Nevertheless, he believes that it was time to embark on a new adventure. However, his bond with Juventus will always be strong!
New York City FC is owned by Manchester City and the New York Yankees, and is preparing for their first full season in MLS.
Pirlo will play along with English footballer, Frank Lampard and Spanish football player, David Villa.
Though the club has, on several occasions, exuded ambition and power, their performance has fetched mixed results.
Till now, the club has only won five of their first 18 games. Pirlo’s entry to the club will infuse fresh vigour and stability to the team.
Pirlo made his debut as a footballer 20 years ago in May 1995 for Brescia.
Over the years, the midfielder has earned the distinction of being the world football’s finest passer.
Not only does Pirlo have a unique style, but he is also credited with publishing his autobiography titled, I Think Therefore I Play, which appeared on stands in 2014.
The book chronicles the footballer’s life and elaborates on some of the challenges he faced in his two-decade-long journey.
It is no secret that the 36 year old player does not like pre-match warm-ups, but that has not had any effect on his performance as a player.
Pirlo has had an exceptional football career with four Serie A championships in four seasons under his belt, while he was playing with Juve.
He scored 19 goals in 164 games. Unfortunately, he departed the tournament on a dismal note by losing 3-1 to Barcelona in the Champions League finals this year in Berlin.
He is also credited for winning the World Cup for Italy in 2006.
In the finals against France, he was named MVP and helped the team to victory.
Though in the summer of last year, there were reports of Pirlo retiring from the game after the World Cup.
Soon afterwards, he reversed his decision and decided to play in the European Championship for the Azzurri that is scheduled to take place next year.
Some of Pirlo’s highlights include the impressive pass for Fabio Grosso in the semi-final against Germany in 2006, the ball-in-the-air episode against Parma in 2010 and the skilled penalty shot against Kiev in 2012.
Not to forget that the splendid footballer has won 115 caps for Italy, which in itself is a mark of a great football player!