Two world-class midfield maestros are set to bow out of European club football on Saturday night in Berlin. Xavi, of Barcelona and Andrea Pirlo, of Juventus are set to embark on new footballing adventures after Saturday’s Champions League Final.
It has been reported today in the Spanish Daily As that Andrea Pirlo has accepted an offer to join new MLS franchise, New York City FC. The Juventus and Italy legend is set to bow out of European football in Berlin, the same stadium where he won the World Cup nine years previous.
It is reported that 36 year-old Pirlo has spoken to NYC FC’s CEO Ferran Soriano about the possibility of swapping Turin for the Big Apple.
Should the speculation prove true, Pirlo will join ex-Barcelona striker David Villa and former Chelsea and England star Frank Lampard at the recently established new club.
With Barcelona legend Xavi set to join Qatari club Al Saad, European football will lose two of the most influential midfielders of this generation.
Between Xavi and Pirlo, they have won an astounding 45 career titles – 27 for Xavi and 18 for Pirlo. Both also have coveted World Cup medals.
It’s sad to see the back of two fantastic footballing legends.
Seán Ó Murchú, Pundit Arena