The football world reacts as Gianluigi Buffon confirms Juventus exit

18 May, 2018, 16:47 | Author: Malcolm Quinn
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Juventus captain Gianluigi Buffon confirmed he will play his last game for the Italian league champions on Saturday, although the great goalkeeper has put off any talk of retirement as he considers offers to play overseas.

Gianluigi Buffon has announced that Saturday's home game against Hellas Verona will be his last for Juventus.

However, in his press conference, Buffon suggested he will continue playing, stating that he has had a number of exciting offers which have changed his mind.

Buffon also apologised to referee Michael Oliver for his reaction in Juventus' Champions League exit to Real Madrid in which the goalkeeper was sent off following an injury-time penalty awarded to Real. Obviously I went over the edge.

The 40-year-old announced he is to leave the Italian giants after 17 seasons earlier today, but did not confirm he is to retire as expected - and Liverpool could be set to pounce, according to The Mirror.


"A return to Parma is a romantic childhood dream, but nothing more than that", he said. "Off the pitch the most interesting was made to me by (Juventus) president (Andrea) Agnelli".

"Fifteen days ago, I was already an ex-player. Saturday's match is the only thing that is for certain", said Buffon. An nine-time Serie A victor, Buffon also won the World Cup with Italy in 2006, a remarkable run since joining Juventus from Parma in 2001 for a world-record fee for a goalkeeper.

"Saturday will be my last match with Juventus and I do believe it will be the best way to conclude this awesome adventure", he told a news conference. "I'd just like to say a massive "thank you" to Gigi". I am not someone who carries rancour'.

I am certainly not someone who thinks it is right to end my career in the third or fourth-level division. "I am a competitive animal and I wouldn't be able to live in that situation".

The Reds take on Real Madrid in the Champions League final next week - a competition Buffon has failed to win during his illustrious career.

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