Andrea Pirlo, known as a free-kick specialist, was dubbed 'the architect' for his playmaking skills and uniquely cool and elegant playing style.
Pirlo, who has played just 15 of New York City's 32 MLS games this season, said he can't keep playing forever and has to give younger players a chance.
Andrea Pirlo made his debut for the MLS side New York City FC as a David Villa brace fired them past Orlando
Andrea Pirlo, who won four Italian titles in his four years at Juventus, has joined Major League Soccer franchise New York City FC this summer.
Andrea Pirlo joined American club New York City FC on Monday from Italian champions Juventus and was instantly praised by Lampard, himself a legend at English team Chelsea.
Andrea Pirlo was a linchpin for the Turin giants Juventus on their way to a first league and Cup double in 20 years last season. Reports insist the 36-year-old former World Cup winner will leave Italy and end his career in the United States.
The 36-year-old Pirlo still has a year to run on his deal with the Italian football giants, but recently there have been rumours linking the midfield maestro to a move to the Major League Soccer (MLS) in the United States.
Andrea Pirlo broke down after Juventus suffered a 1-3 defeat against FC Barcelona in the Champions League final. The images of Pirlo in tears resonated with supporters across the globe.
FC Barcelona won their fifth UEFA Champions League title with a 3-1 win over Juventus.
Barcelona take on Juventus in the Champions League final on Saturday but the real show will be put on by the two midfield maestros - Andrea Pirlo and Xavi Hernandez.
Italian Serie A champions Juventus thumped defending Champions League winners Real Madrid riding on goals from former Real Madrid player Alvaro Morata and Argentine journeyman Carlos Tevez. Cristiano Ronaldo scored for Real Madrid.
Italy are unbeaten after four opening games, having suffered their only setback in a 1-1 draw with group leaders Croatia in November.
Massimiliano Allegri confirmed Pirlo had gone "off with a calf problem" but Italian media are speculating the 35-year-old, who missed the start of the season due to injury, could be out for a month.
Juventus extended their lead at the top of the table to 10 points over idle Roma with the capital side not in action until Sunday when they travel to Verona.
The 21-year-old left Old Trafford for Juventus in 2012 after growing frustrated with a lack of first-team appearances under Alex Ferguson.
Andrea Pirlo, the 34-year-old playmaker celebrated alongside Antonio Conte, who picked up the best coach of the year award after leading the Juventus to their third consecutive Serie A title last season before quitting to become Italy's national team coach.
Juventus' 11th win of the campaign stretched their lead over title rivals AS Roma to six points, although Rudi Garcia's men restored their three-point deficit with a stirring 4-2 home win over Inter Milan.