Tuesday, 22 May, 2018

Buffon confirms he will leave Juventus after 17 years

Gianluigi Buffon leaves Juventus Gianluigi Buffon will leave Juventus at the end of the season
Lucia Summers | 17 May, 2018, 15:52

He has previously hinted that he will retire at end of the season but did not disclose this on Thursday.

Buffon helped Juventus win a record-extending seventh straight Serie A on Sunday, four days after he led the Bianconeri to a fourth straight Italian Cup trophy.

Buffon has been offered the chance to keep his career alive in the Argentinian capital with Boca Juniors next season, but is expected to snub that opportunity and announce his retirement, despite admitting it would be challenging to adjust to a life without football. "I am a competitive animal and I wouldn't be able to live or feel at ease in that situation", he said.

"I've told him this so many times, but Gigi is a good guy he just laughs and nearly always replies: "maybe it's better this way". I don't want to end up playing in lower leagues. And when I'm not myself anymore, I'll go.

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.

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It would be a huge blow for everyone. "It would make Real Madrid even stronger from a football point of view". PSG Brazilian forward Neymar . "It's a very hard time, right?" "Ney won important trophies here".

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.

"I was one 20th of that and a lot of it was down to Giorgio, who was always a figure of certainty in front of me. I've seen plenty of them down the years, so all that I ask for is your respect and affection towards me on the day". I've had a great career anyway.

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

"I was a volleyball player, I played in Serie A and in the national team, and I quit quite young, at 27, because I had nothing left to give, I felt deflated and felt the need to start a family. I'm sure he'll ensure I'm not missed". But when you have 24 hours ahead of you with nothing to do, that could be a problem'. Andrea Agnelli knows everything that happens around me.

Despite previously having opportunities to test his skills in other areas of the world, Buffon turned them down and admits it is a slight regret when reflecting on his career.

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