Andrea Pirlo praises Chelsea manager Antonio Conte

POZNAN POLAND- JUNE 14 Andrea Pirlo of Italy celebrates scoring the opening goal during the UEFA EURO 2012 group C match between Italy and Croatia at The Municipal Stadium

POZNAN POLAND- JUNE 14 Andrea Pirlo of Italy celebrates scoring the opening goal during the UEFA EURO 2012 group C match between Italy and Croatia at The Municipal Stadium

The storied New York City FC midfielder, who recently announced his retirement from the game at the end of the current MLS season, worked under the current Chelsea boss during his spell at Juventus and also on worldwide duty with the Italian national team. Known for his curling free kicks and pin-point passing skills, Pirlo hung his boots after persistent knee problems proved to be a deterrent in his everyday training schedule. Each day, you have physical problems, you can't train like you normally would, because you always have stuff.

Andrea Pirlo on Sunday announced retirement from football once his contract with New York City FC expires. So, at my age like this, a good thing to say enough is enough.

As many players come and go throughout the years, the 38-year-old's name will live long in football fan's memories.

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"It's not that you can go on forever to 50". Give a hand to teammates and to the coach. I'm going to do something else at 38. To be sure, I returned to Italy in December.

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is one of the best managers in world football, according to Andrea Pirlo. Milan won the league after he joined but Dalla Bona struggled to break into a team that included the likes of Pirlo, Clarence Seedorf, Rui Costa, Alberto Ambrosini and Gennaro Gattuso. At the 2006 FIFA World Cup, he was imperious for Italy, turning in a man-of-the-match performance in the tournament final against France and helping his team to the ultimate footballing glory.

Then AC Milan coach Carlo Ancelotti saw Pirlo's ability to see a pass and shifted him to a new position of defensive midfielder.

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