Published: Fri, May 18, 2018
Sport | By Ashley Hunter

Italy's Buffon to leave Juventus after 17 years

Italy's Buffon to leave Juventus after 17 years

Buffon revealed on Thursday that he will be ending his 17-year association with Juventus at the end of the season but did not clarify whether he will be hanging up his goalkeeping gloves. "I think it's the best way to end this wonderful adventure", the 40-year-old said.

"I've received some offers, some of them very interesting, both to go on playing and outside the pitch".

If recent reports are to be believed, Liverpool could attempt to sign Juventus legend Gianluigi Buffon.

The Italian World Cup victor, who has been with Juve for 17 years, will lift his ninth Serie A title when they host the already-relegated side at the Allianz Stadium.

Buffon said he would like to take more time to reflect on his future which could be either on or off the pitch.

"Until 15 days ago, it was clearly known that I wanted to stop playing".

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The Italian World Cup victor has made over 650 appearances for the Bianconeri, winning 11 Serie A titles and 4 Coppas Italia.

"(On) Saturday I will play a match and that is the only thing that's certain", said Buffon, who teared up at the start of the conference after an emotional tribute from Juventus president Andrea Agnelli.

"On Saturday I will play a game and that is the only certainty I have".

Buffon added that he is "not someone who carries rancour", but in light of this "apology", it's clear that the Italian clearly still harbours resentment towards Oliver.

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. "I am a competitive animal and I wouldn't be able to live in that situation". In fact, Buffon also confirms he's stepping away from global football as well.

Italy's most capped player with 176, Buffon could make his worldwide farewell on June 4 in a friendly against the Netherlands.

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