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Andrea Pirlo set to depart NYCFC in December

Partner reveals that the family will be headed back to Italy

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For months now, we at Hudson River Blue have speculated over Andrea Pirlo’s future with New York City FC. Though his contract was always due to expire at the end of the calendar year, we had yet to hear anything definitive from the Maestro’s camp.

That is, until Pirlo’s partner, Valentina Baldini, made a pretty fantastic announcement on her blog this week (Google’s translation, with an assist from Football Italia):

In December we will return to our beautiful Italy ... I think I owe a lot to New York, it was the most beautiful experience of my life. Here I met fantastic people I will stay bound to forever and then ... among these skyscrapers I have achieved my greatest and most important dream, BECOMING A MOTHER.

That’s right! Baldini confirmed that one month ago, on July 7th, she and Andrea welcomed Leonardo and Tommaso into the world.



It goes without saying that the now-public family news is far more important than anything to do with kicking, but it serves to answer a key question that NYCFC fans have wondered about long and hard: yes, we’re down to the Italian legend’s final months wearing the famous Etihad shirt.

His time in New York City has been complicated. Jason Kreis reportedly wanted the far-more-dynamic Xavi Hernandez in that designated player spot. The deal was supposedly 90% done. Then, City Football Group went all-in on Pirlo, Xavi signed for massive money in the Persian Gulf, and the rest was history.

While he racked up some key assists as the midfield’s go-to creator last season, Pirlo’s presence on the field in 2017 has come to represent a sort of unholy symbol of New York City at its worst. We have insisted that this terrible fact isn’t really about Pirlo nearly as much as Patrick Vieira’s stubbornness as a tactician, and we stand by that. Of course, that hasn’t changed how inglorious it has been to watch the World Cup winner and former European Best XI mainstay fade into the MLS twilight. Heroes like him deserve better.

But with his end approaching at NYCFC, there’s no greater beginning to counterbalance it than the birth of two adorable little Pirlos.

Actually, it’s kinda the best thing we’ve ever heard.

Valentina and Andrea— greatest congratulations to both of you!