Juventus have confirmed Andrea Pirlo has left the club to sign for New York City FC.
The Italy international had long been linked with a move to the MLS franchise and the reigning Serie A champions have now made his departure official.
“Andrea Pirlo has announced that he will continue his career in the United States, bringing the curtain down on four extraordinary seasons with the Bianconeri,” a statement on the official Juventus website reads.
“Pirlo has ended his magnificent four-year stay at Juventus after officially completing a move to MLS outfit New York City.
“The mercurial midfielder represents the beginning and, until now, the progression of a cycle that has seen the Bianconeri return to the top table of football in Italy and Europe. His visionary passing, pinpoint assists, spectacular goals and masterful free-kicks have been instrumental in the club’s continued rise.
“Pirlo arrived in Turin in the summer of 2011. It was an exciting time for the club, with Juventus Stadium officially opening on 8 September that year. And in the first league game at the new arena it was Pirlo who set a precedent for the triumphs to come: on 11 September, just three days after the opening ceremony, it took a mere 16 minutes for the Italian to provide an ingenious assist for Stephan Lichtsteiner to fire home against Parma – a clear sign of glorious things to come.
“Bianconeri supporters may have had to wait until February 2012 for Pirlo’s first goal in the fabled black and white of Juventus, but it was more than worth it. Awarded a free-kick on the edge of the area against Catania, Andrea stepped up to take it and had the net billowing and the stadium in raptures. It was the first of 19 goals he would score for Juventus, each one a thing of beauty, each one a jewel in his Juve crown.”
Pirlo started his professional career with Brescia and also played for Inter, Reggina and Milan before joining Juventus in 2011.
He will join fellow big names such as Frank Lampard and David Villa at New York City FC.