Emotional Andrea Pirlo was in tears at the final whistle after Juventus lost in the Champions League final to Barcelona. He is out of contract with the Italian side this summer and is expected to move to New York FC.The 36-year-old struggled to impose himself on the game, and it all became too much for him after the final whistle had sounded.
Pirlo has won the Champions League twice in his illustrious career, both with AC Milan, in 2003 and 2007, respectively.Having dominated so many big games over the years, in truth, it finally looked as if time had caught up on him, as he struggled to match the tempo of Barca’s midfield in European club football’s showpiece.On the night, he was powerless to stop Barcelona completing a historic treble.
‘The Metronome’ failed to get his team ticking against an outstanding Barca side this time out, leaving the veteran with little hope of lifting the cup again. The match may just have marked his final bow on the biggest stage, as he failed in his bid to win a third European Cup.
In spite of emphatically winning Serie A this year, posting seventeen more points than second placed Roma, Juventus’ old guard of Pirlo, and goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, were desperate to add to their medal collection with Champions League victory.Both of the Italy legends were visibly hurt by the result, wiping tears from their eyes on the Olympiastadion pitch after the final whistle.
Buffon won the 2006 World Cup in the Olympiastadion in Berlin with Andrea Pirlo, but the midfielder was in tears after the final whistle.“We are all disappointed and it is in a way very pleasing to see Andrea express his sentiments in such a strong way.”
Meanwhile, The Juventus legend, has accepted a proposal from the new club, New York FC, according to Spanish newspaper AS, having spoken to the club’s CEO Ferran Soriano.Should a move go through, he will join former England and Chelsea man Frank Lampard at the club, as well as former Spain and Barcelona striker David Villa.The paper also report that New York City had also been interested in a move for midfielder Xavi, who has chosen a move to Qatar with Al Saad instead.
It was a victorious swansong for Xavi, who replaced Andres Iniesta inside the final 20 minutes, and lifted the trophy after the full-time whistle.