Totti, Maldini, Buffon and Lampard to grace Pirlo's star-studded San Siro testimonial
Andrea Pirlo has revealed that Francesco Totti, Gianluigi Buffon, Fabio Cannavaro, Alessandro Del Piero, Paolo Maldini and Frank Lampard will form part of his star-studded testimonial at the San Siro.
The World Cup winner announced in February that he would be taking to the field in Milan one last time before hanging up his boots.
Pirlo officially retired from competitive football at the end of the 2017 MLS season with New York City FC.
He has, however, organised a fixture for May 21 which will see a number of his former team-mates from Inter, Juventus, AC Milan, NYCFC and the Italy national side take to field.
All proceeds from the game will go to charity, with Pirlo giving back to the game which offered him so much.
He will be joined at the San Siro by a cast of iconic figures from the modern era, with the majority of those set to be involved now confirmed.
It remains to be seen which attacking stars will be taking part, but Pirlo has announced the rest of his testimonial team.
Goalkeepers: Buffon, Dida, Storari, Abbiati.
Defenders: Adani, Barzagli, Bonera, Bonucci, Cannavaro, Cafu, Chiellini, Costacurta, Favalli, Ferrara, Grosso, Jankulovski, Kaladze, Lichtsteiner, Maldini, Materazzi, Nesta, Oddo, Serginho, Simic, Zambrotta.
Midfielders: Albertini, Ambrosini, Baronio, Brocchi, Camoranesi, De Rossi, Diamanti, Gattuso, Lampard, Leonardo, Marchisio, Pepe, Perrotta, Rui Costa, Seedorf, Verratti, Diana.
Pirlo told reporters when announcing the game that he wants to take in one more emotional high at the end of a glittering career.
He said: “It's the chance to share a special evening doing what we love most. The game will be at San Siro, the venue for so many battles over the years.”
The 38-year-old also revealed that he plans to remain in football in some capacity, with a career in coaching being mapped out.
He added: “I only ever played football, so I think I'll remain in this world. Becoming a coach is a hypothesis, but I don't know yet.
“I need to unwind for a while, then I'll have time to decide what I want to do.
“I have no regrets, as it was the right moment to stop and I made the choice. I'm happy.”