sport news Andrea Pirlo slammed by New York City fans

Andrea Pirlo has built his reputation on sauntering and gliding around the football field and effortlessly exerting control with his trademark Italian swagger.

It's seen him win six Serie A titles and lift the Champions League on two occasions, but while he will go down in the football history books as one of the most technically gifted players of his generation, he certainly will not be remembered as a player who put his body on the line to help his sides.

New York City fans are finding that out at the moment, with the 38-year-old Italian coming under scrutiny for his lack of effort which some fans believe cost their side victory on their recent clash with Toronto.

Andrea Pirlo (r) was hiding behind a wall as Sebastian Giovinco curled home this free-kick

Andrea Pirlo (r) was hiding behind a wall as Sebastian Giovinco curled home this free-kick

The Italian New York City player has gained plenty of criticism for his lack of effort 

The Italian New York City player has gained plenty of criticism for his lack of effort 

He could only watch as he turned to see Giovinco's free-kick fly into the top corner of the goal

He could only watch as he turned to see Giovinco's free-kick fly into the top corner of the goal

The men from the Big Apple lost 4-0 on their trip to Canada, with Pirlo's former team-mate Sebastian Giovinco setting the Reds on their way as he put them two goals ahead. 

Pirlo was partially at fault for the third as stepped out to casually try and close Giovinco down, barely putting him under any pressure, before his Italian counterpart fired into the top corner past goalkeeper Sean Johnson.

While Pirlo was criticised for his lack

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