Claudio Marchisio has called time on his Juventus career after spending 25 years with the Turin giants.
Marchisio who was nicknamed The Little Prince joined Juventus when he was 7 years and won 7 Serie A titles and 4 Italian Cups in his playing time at the club.
Juventus agreed to terminate the 55-times capped Italy international’s contract by mutual consent before Friday’s deadline in Italy.
The 32-year-old disclosed the development on an Instagram post he made, alongside a photo of him playing for the club in the youth team as a child; “A thousand thoughts and a thousand images accompanied me throughout the night,”
“I can’t stop looking at this photograph and those stripes on which I wrote my life story as a man and a player.
“I love this jersey to such a degree that, despite everything, I am convinced that what is best for the team comes first. Always. On a tough day like this, I cling tight to that principle.
“You are the most beautiful part of this marvellous story, so for that reason, in a few days we’ll be able to say goodbye in a more special way.
“After all, 8 (his jersey number) is nothing but an infinity sign looking upwards.”
It can be recalled that Marchisio spent time away from Juventus on loan to Empoli in the 2007/08 season. He has been spending time increasingly on the sidelines recently due to a serious knee injury in 2016.
“Having had the opportunity to accompany him on this path, to discover a homegrown champion, day by day, was quite simply a privilege and an honour. Thanks for everything Claudio,” Juventus said in a statement.
Marchisio made his first-team debut for Juventus in August 2006 and scored 37 goals in 389 appearances for the Old Ladies