World Cup victor Andrea Pirlo to retire in December


Each day, you have physical problems, you can't train like you normally would, because you always have stuff.

The 38-year-old has only made 15 MLS appearances this year, having struggled to regain full fitness following a knee injury.

The 116-time Italy worldwide came through the Brescia youth system and spent three years at Inter before joining city rivals AC Milan, where he made 400 apperances over a 10-year spell. At my age, it's fine to say enough is enough. It's not as though you can go on until you're 50. I'm going to do something else at 38.

With Pirlo enthused by the idea of staying in the sport in some capacity, he has been tipped to head straight into coaching and was linked with becoming Antonio Conte's assistant at Chelsea last season.

And asked about his future plans, Pirlo added: "I do not know yet". There are things that are said, but give me time to decide. I will return to Italy in December. If they call you immediately to [coach] a first team, it's hard to refuse.

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The playmaker won two Serie A titles at the San Siro, as well as two UEFA Champions League trophies.

"I repeat: for now I do not have that intention".

In Turin, he was sensational, playing some of the best football of his career in a four-year spell that saw the Bianconeri dominate Italian football, winning the Scudetto on four successive occasions. He also won the Champions League twice.

He won 116 senior caps for Italy, winning the World Cup in 2006 and reaching the final of Euro 2012. "I'll keep myself in form playing golf and tennis".