Following Juventus’ 3-1 defeat to Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League final on Saturday in Berlin, legendary Italian midfielder Andrea Pirlo bawled his eyes out.
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In the twilight of his career Pirlo, 37, may never get the chance to reach the Champions League final again and victory against Barcelona would have been the fairytale ending to his career in Serie A after arriving at Juve in 2011 and reinventing himself as a deep-lying playmaker.
Last week rumors were rife that Pirlo, no matter what happened in Saturday’s final, would be heading to New York City FC and become their third Designated Player this summer.
Asked about the possibility of leaving Italy and heading to MLS, Pirlo dismissed the reports. And his tears.
“Were my tears a goodbye to Juventus? No, they were for the defeat,” Pirlo said. “It is the kind of opportunity that I will rarely get again.”
So, there you have it. With a year left on his contract at Juve and still a pivotal player for club and country, Pirlo doesn’t seem to be planning to go anywhere.
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However, after ProSoccerTalk got in touch, there is still no official word from NYCFC on the reports linking Pirlo to MLS.
If he was to move Stateside, MLS would add to its already impressive stable of fine midfielders following the arrival of Kaka in Orlando and the impending debuts of Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard this summer to New York City and the LA Galaxy respectively.