After one of the finest careers in European football history, the man sometimes known as 'the architect', but more commonly known as Andrea Pirlo, is now very much in the twilight of his playing days.
Plying his trade in Major League Soccer for the past two years now, the former AC Milan and Juventus great has - and this is difficult to type - perhaps become a bit of a liability for New York City FC.
To be fair, the shaggy-haired 38-year-old World Cup winner was never one for a tackle or getting too involved in the rough and tumble side of the beautiful game, but still, the footage below shows why fans of his current club are becoming a tad exasperated:
After being dispossessed by Darren Mattocks, Pirlo span around towards the referee and demanded a free kick;
“I think it happened that he lost the ball. It just so happened that this time it was Andrea," Vieira was quoted as saying by Goal.com after the match.
"A lot of players have lost the ball in a really difficult area, but it happened that we conceded the goal. That’s part of the game. You make a mistake and you get punished right away.''
Fans on Twitter were far less forgiving, and called for Pirlo to finally call it a day:
Utterly embarrassing stuff from Pirlo. Just not acceptable.— Hudson River Blue (@hudsonriverblue) September 9, 2017
Time for Andrea Pirlo to retire. If you are making errors in the MLS, then playing on isn't worthwhile. https://t.co/MFlTTEMrD0— Vito Doria (@VitoCDoria) September 10, 2017
Another prediction: Pirlo will retire at @NYCFC at the end of the season. Legendary player, who's now a defensive liability— NealHollis82⚽️ (@NealHollis82) September 9, 2017
Pirlo needs to retire. Just makes mistakes every time he plays now, sad to see.— Luke Beaumont (@LBBeaumont) September 9, 2017
Pirlo needs to retire mls to fast for him now— Al Sutton (@BigAl_AFC15) September 9, 2017
Whether Pirlo actually retires at the end of the campaign remains to be seen but when he does, his stint in American will largely be forgotten...hopefully.