Andrea Pirlo has retired from football after a successful playing career in both Europe and the United States.
Following a 4-3 aggregate defeat to Columbus Crew in the conference semi-final on Sunday, the Italian said: "Not only [is it that] my adventure in New York comes to an end but my journey as a football player as well."
Pirlo's statement also included a note of thanks for "every team that I had the honour to play for" and "every team-mate that I have been pleased to play alongside."
By calling time on his playing days, he has brought an end to a career spanning stints with three of Italy's biggest clubs and yielding an impressive trophy haul.
He was also a success at international level, helping the Azzurri win the FIFA World Cup in 2006.
In terms of playing style, Pirlo was always defined as a midfielder who thrived more thanks to technique and intelligence than physical brawn. He helped redefine the deep-lying playmaker role on Carlo Ancelotti's watch during his days with Milan and later for Antonio Conte's Juventus.
The role of pass-master from deep became fashionable, with Pirlo dictating matches at the highest level for both club and country.
Overall, though, Pirlo played out the remainder of his career in the U.S. with the same signature style that defined him as early career.