Following Andrea Pirlo‘s retirement earlier this year, the Mayor of New York has decided to create a special day in tribute to the midfielder’s achievements.
Pirlo moved to the MLS and joined newly-founded side New York City FC in 2015, having made 493 appearances in Italy’s Serie A with AC Milan and Juventus.
However, despite being in the twilight of his career when he arrived in the Big Apple, the 38-year-old clearly made a huge impact on the club’s fans.
In fact, the city’s mayor Bill de Blasio believes Pirlo not only changed the way in which both players and fans view the midfield position but that he also garnered the support of the Italian-American community within the city.
And with those achievements in mind, along with those had reached before arriving in New York, de Blasio has created ‘Andrea Pirlo Day’:
The former Juventus midfielder has since posted a heart-felt thank you via Twitter:
What a fantastic tribute to one of the best who ever played!