Andrea Pirlo,ย a professional Italian footballer, announced he is retiring from football after playing his last game for New York City.

Pirlo began his career at Brescia and also played for Inter, AC Milan and Juventus before joining the Major League Soccer side two years ago.

Former club Juventus described him as a “true genius”.

This is what he wrote on his twitter handle when he officially announced his retirement:

People wished him good luck for his future endeavors and called him the best Italian footballer. Here some of the tweets of his well-wishers: