Gianluigi Buffon announces final game for Juventus


It is a decision he has struggled with all season, and sitting at a press conference to discuss his future, Gigi Buffon was clearly yet to make up his mind.

Gianluigi Buffon has announced that Saturday's home game against Hellas Verona will be his last for Juventus. Andrea Agnelli knows everything that happens around me.

Just listening to those numbers was to appreciate the greatness of the Juve No.1 as he collected no fewer than 26 winners medals, a tally which includes a staggering 11 league titles with the Old Lady.

Buffon was also an integral member of the Italy squad that won the 2006 World Cup.

Italy's most capped player with 176, Buffon could make his global farewell on June 4 in a friendly against the Netherlands. In a couple of months, I'll meet with the president and we'll evaluate the situation calmly. "I wish him all the best".

'As a figure in sports, I didn't and still don't want to leave Italy as long as I don't have to'. "Saturday will be my final match for Juventus", he said.

It was a rollercoaster season for Buffon with Italy failing to qualify for the World Cup finals for the first time in six decades. I'm proud to have played to the best of my ability right up until now, with performances which befit both myself and this club.

"I get to this point with plenty of emotions, but also with a great feeling of joy", he said.

According to the Italian press Buffon has received offers from top European clubs including Liverpool, Real Madrid and Paris Saint Germain.

"What am I going to do?"

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

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.

'I'm Buffon, and that is who I want to be till the last minute.

"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".