Well, that was unexpected.
After months of speculation as to who the third designated player for New York City Football Club would be, it seems we have our answer.
36-year-old Andrea Pirlo. The legendary midfielder, who spent time with Inter, Milan, and Juventus, winning six league titles and two champions league titles, is set to join the first year franchise alongside soon-to-arrive Frank Lampard and David Villa.
Pirlo plays Saturday for his third champions league title against Barcelona.
Pirlo is one of the best playmakers in world football. An incredible passer with the ability to dictate the pace and flow of the game, Pirlo makes his magic happen from a deep lying position. His age and lack of elite athleticism suggests he needs a partner in central midfield who is defensive minded, and Andrew Jacobson may certainly come to mind, or Mix Diskerud might need to take a more reserved role.
A World Cup Winner in 2006, Pirlo is one of the worlds most celebrated and experienced players. He will bring flare, veteran presence, creativity, and an immeasurable amount of chances to NYCFC, who desperately need more attacking help. With Pirlo and Lampard coming over from Europe, NYCFC will surely bounce back and start to string some positive results together.
Credit the Spanish newspaper AS for breaking the story. If it’s true, we bid you welcome to New York, Andrea Pirlo.