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He is nicknamed 'Mozart', for a reason.

Italy's Andrea Pirlo - - aptly nicknamed 'Mozart', 'Maestro', 'The Professor', among others - - has now retired from football.

With a sterling career spanning 22 years, Andrea Pirlo has now decided to hang up his boots - - for good.

Pirlo announced his retirement as his current team, New York FC, has been knocked out of Major League Soccer (MLS).

Pirlo led his national team Italy @Azzurri to capture the World Cup Title in 2006.

His time now comes to a curtain call, with an outstanding record of 872 games, 6 Serie A Titles, 2 Champions League Crowns, and of course, a World Cup Trophy.

Pirlo made his professional debut in 1995 and later played for Milan @ACMilan from 2001 until 2011, and for Juventus @JuventusFCen from 2011 to 2015.

In 2015, he joined Major League Soccer, signing up with New York FC @NYCFC.

Tributes pour from the world of football as Andrea Pirlo,38, now bids goodbye to the sport he played and loved.

His former team, powerhouse Juventus FC tweeted: "A true Genius of the Beautiful Game" @JuventusFCen .

And a former coach has said, "Pirlo changed football forever".

Last match in MLS. As my time in NYFC comes to an end I would like 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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Legend(s). 🇮🇹

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