Andrea Pirlo thanks New York City FC after final game as a player

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Italy legend Andrea Pirlo has thanked New York City FC and its fans after retiring as a player.

Pirlo, 38, had said last month that he intended to retire at the end of the Major League Soccer season and posted a farewell message on social media after his side lost to Columbus Crew SC in the Eastern Conference semifinals. 

Pirlo, a 2006 World Cup winner with Italy, wrote on Twitter: “Last match in MLS. As my time in NYFC comes to an end I would to say few words. I want to thank everybody for the kindness and support they have shown me in this incredible city.

“Thank you to the amazing supporters, thank you to the coaching staff and everybody that work behind the scene, thank you to my teammates.

“Not only my adventure in NY comes to an end but my journey as a football player as well, that is why I would like to take the opportunity to thank my family and my children for the support and love they always give me, every team that I had the honor to play for, every teammate I have been pleased to play alongside, all the people that made my career such incredible and last but not least, all the fans around the world that always showed me support. You will always be on my side and in my heart.”

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