Juventus' Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon gives the thumb up during the UEFA Champions League quarter-final second leg football match between Real Madrid CF and Juventus FC at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid.
"Saturday will be my last game for Juventus", Buffon, who has won the Serie A title nine times, said.
Veteran Gianluigi Buffon has confirmed that he will leave Juventus this summer after spending incredible 17 years with The Old Lady. 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.
The 40-year-old is expected to announce his retirement at a press conference on Thursday, after captaining Juventus to a seventh straight Serie A title and fourth consecutive Italian Cup triumph this season. Giorgio Chiellini is the flawless example of how a Juve captain should be.
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.
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'I'm very emotional, but I arrive today with happiness and fulfilment. 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. "My own philosophy is built around that of the club and I shall continue to live my life in that way, as that's the only way I know to achieve results".
"I'm proud to have received many proposals for the future, but it's in my character to launch myself into the next challenge with the utmost dedication".
'Until a few a days ago I was certain I would retire from football.
At the family's hotel in Tuscany the player's most important trophies and jerseys are proudly displayed, starting with the first he wore at Parma.