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Buffon calls time on Juventus career

17 May 2018, 03:52 | Charlene Valdez

Juventus Gianluigi Buffon

Juventus Gianluigi Buffon

The 40-year-old Buffon helped Juventus win a record-extending seventh straight Serie A on Sunday, four days after he led Juventus to a fourth straight Italian Cup title.

Buffon had planned to end his career at the 2018 World Cup, which would have been his sixth, but Italy failed to qualify.

It seems an appropriate time for Buffon to retire, having previously stated he would walk away at the end of the season unless Juventus won the Champions League - a dream that was crushed in dramatic fashion at the quarter-final stage after he was sent off for a foul in the area and Real Madrid converted the resulting last-gasp penalty. Joining the Bianconeri skipper on the podium was President Andrea Agnelli and he spoke first, offering a brief outline of Buffon's accomplishments since his Serie A debut back in 1995.

Juventus captain Gianluigi Buffon will play his last match for the Italian champion on Saturday and has put off retirement to consider offers to play overseas. "I think it's the best way to end this wonderful adventure", said Buffon, who has kept 300 clean sheets in his 655 appearances for the Turin side in all competitions. Italy's most capped player with 176, the 2006 World Cup victor could make his global farewell on June 4 in a friendly against the Netherlands.

Italy's most capped player with 176, Buffon could make his global farewell on June 4 in a friendly against the Netherlands.

'As a figure in sports, I didn't and still don't want to leave Italy as long as I don't have to'.

"Next week, after a few days of calm reflection, I will make a definite and certain decision".

I was sorry to have offended him because at the end of the day he is a human being who does a very hard job. "Now offers have arrived that are exciting on and off the pitch", he said without discussing where he could be headed. If my future lies off the pitch, it will be necessary to undergo a training course in order to understand the right path to take and what role I could occupy.

'I'm Buffon, and that is who I want to be till the last minute.

'After all, players like us, who have lived the game intensely, have to keep their minds occupied and have a reason to get up, something to fight for. The day I can't, no problem.

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