"At my age, you have to say that's enough".
Pirlo, who worked under Conte during the pair's spell in the Italian national team and at Juventus, has waxed lyrical about his former boss, and claimed that he is up there with the very best in the world.
Andrea Pirlo has cemented his place as one of the best midfielders in football history, says former team-mate Samuele Dalla Bona, as the the Italy legend announces he will retire at the end of the year.
"It's just right to give young players room".
The 116-time Italy worldwide came through the Brescia youth system and spent three years at Inter before joining city rivals AC Milan, where he made 400 apperances over a 10-year spell. You don't have to carry on until you are 50.
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It took them half an hour time to break the Indian defensive line. "We will work hard as we want to create history", he added. The opposition's striker, Joshua Sargent didn't miss the opportunity to score. "We will try to give our hundred percent".
Pirlo enjoyed a glittering career winning six Serie A titles, two Champions Leagues and a World Cup with Azzurri but at 38-years-old has decided enough is enough. I will do something else.
"I'm not angry. Instead, I'll give a hand to the Coach and the others".
"I don't know yet", he said when asked what his next move will be.
The creative genius and set-piece specialist also won the Champions League twice while at the San Siro - in 2003 and 2007. To be sure, I returned to Italy in December.
"If you get a call from a first team right away, it's hard to refuse. I'll keep myself in form playing golf and tennis". He played crucial role in AC Milan's domination of football in early 2000s and went onto win a host of domestic as well as continental trophies during his 10 year stay at Rossoneri.