Captain Gianluigi Buffon leaving Juventus but not retiring

Buffon To Leave Juventus At End Of The Season

Buffon To Leave Juventus At End Of The Season

Buffon hoped to retire from football after the world Cup in Russian Federation, but Italy not sensationally qualified to the final stage of the world Cup.

Italy's talismanic goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, considered by many to be the greatest-ever in his position, will play his last match for Juventus after 17 years at the club when they host Verona in Serie A on Saturday.

He has previously hinted that he will retire at end of the season but did not disclose this on Thursday. "I am a competitive animal and I wouldn't be able to live in that situation".

Buffon will walk away from the game as one of the most decorated footballers in history, having won 22 trophies in Italy during his spells at Parma and Juventus.

Buffon was also an integral member of the Italy squad that won the 2006 World Cup.

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Just listening to those numbers was to appreciate the greatness of the Juve No.1 as he collected no fewer than 26 winners medals, a tally which includes a staggering 11 league titles with the Old Lady. According to British tabloid Metro, the German specialist in the near future will personally contact you with Buffon and offer him to extend his career for another season.

With over 650 appearances for Juve and 176 caps for the Italian national team, his longevity has been nearly as remarkable as his consistency, Buffon's name in the conversation as one of the world's best goalkeepers for nearly two decades.

When it was his turn to speak, the iconic star thanked the President before praising both the ability of Szczęsny and endorsing Chiellini as his successor in the role of Captain.

'I'm very emotional, but I arrive today with happiness and fulfilment.

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

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Buffon said he would like to take more time to reflect on his future which could be either on or off the pitch.

"For now, I only know that Saturday I will play a game". The day I can't, no problem.

Until about two weeks ago, I was certain I would stop playing.

"I don't need other shows of affection", Buffon added.

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