Twitter Reacts As Gianluigi Buffon Announces Juventus Departure

Ross Houston
May 17, 2018

The 40-year-old will play his final game for the club on Saturday, when the Serie A champions conclude their campaign against Verona at Allianz Stadium. And when I'm not myself anymore, I'll go.

Discussing the prospect of life after football, Buffon told Barcelona defender Gerard Pique in an interview with The Players' Tribune: "I think that at my age you have to evaluate the situation a month, a week, at a time".

He also celebrated capturing Serie A and Coppa Italia glory last week - his seventh successive Scudetto and fourth consecutive Italian cup triumph.

"Saturday will be my last match with Juventus and I do believe it will be the best way to conclude this wonderful adventure", he told a news conference.

"I want to summarise what is a special day for me, one which I arrive at with a lot of serenity and happiness", he said. I do not want to end up playing in lower leagues. I've had a great career anyway. I was always be grateful to all of you forever.

"Up to 15 days ago my retirement seemed obvious, but some days ago I received some interesting offers in and out of the pitch and the most important of this second group was made by President Agnelli".

'After all, players like us, who have lived the game intensely, have to keep their minds occupied and have a reason to get up, something to fight for.

"I'm extremely disappointed because in 23 years, playing in the Champions League, I've never been sent off or disciplined".

This summer's World Cup in Russian Federation would have been his sixth appearance at the finals, but Italy missed out on qualification after a play-off defeat to Sweden.

"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".

Buffon's career has nevertheless been more about the highs than the lows and, nearly 23 years since making his debut on November 19, 1995, for Parma against AC Milan, he bows out considered as one of the greatest goalkeepers of all time. It sounded appealing. But deep down I feel very Italian.

"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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