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Captain Buffon leaving Juventus but not retiring

18 May, 2018, 16:47 | Author: Drew Briggs
  • Gianluigi Buffon leaves Juventus

Juventus boss Gianluigi Buffon who on Thursday announced he will play his final game for Juve on Saturday has apologised to referee Michael Oliver for his behaviour during and after the Old Lady's dramatic Champions League clash at Real Madrid last month.

The 40-year-old goalkeeper called time on his global career last year and was expected to retire from playing altogether at the end of the season.

Buffon intends to bow out on a high after 17 hugely successful years in Turin and says he had planned to retire until only a couple of weeks ago, at which point he received some "exciting" offers.

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Buffon said he will not play for Italy again after he leaves Juventus at the end of the season.

Buffon told a press conference: "I can't give Giorgio advice".

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He holds the notion that he has nothing to prove by being successful at another club. "They're one of the teams that could win the World Cup", Messi concluded.

"If I decide to continue my on-pitch career, it will boil down to whether I still have the necessary drive and strength", he added.

'I said a few days later that I went over the line and that's evident.

"If I had met the ref Oliver two days later I would have embraced him, asking for his forgiveness, confirming however that he could have been a bit less stern for such an important match for us and for myself personally".

Buffon started his career in 1995 at Parma, where he helped the club win the Uefa Cup and Coppa Italia in 1999, before sealing a move to Juventus in 2001. 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.

"I'm certainly not someone who thinks it's right to end my career in who knows what third or fourth division. I am a competitive animal", he said. And while Juventus are celebrating their seventh straight Serie A title, Buffon is thinking about the future.

Despite this, there is still speculation that Liverpool FC could be on the hunt for a new shot-stopper this summer, and Italy legend Buffon is being touted as a possible target.

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