Published: Thu, May 17, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Juventus, Gianluigi Buffon preparing for retirement send-off

Juventus, Gianluigi Buffon preparing for retirement send-off

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.

"Saturday will be my final match for Juventus and to end this journey with two cups and with the president and the entire Bianconeri world by my side, will be very special", said Buffon.

"Until a few days ago it was certain that I would stop playing".

"Next week will be the week I decide what to do, but it's a decision which will not change the way I feel. I can only say thank you to him".

"For the national team, I've said that if Buffon became a problem three months ago, I daren't think what I would have become three months, six months, 12 months later", he said.

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

"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".

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. Then, there was the penalty in the last minute of their Champions League quarterfinal against Real Madrid, which saw Juventus lose out.

Buffon will make his 177th and final Italy appearance in a friendly against the Netherlands on June 4 and will bow out as retire as the country's most-capped player of all time. "But he won the Italian Cup and the seventh Scudetto in a row".

"Not to mention that in the Champions League, at the Bernabeu, he put in a fantastic performance". Buffon is widely regarded as one of the best goalkeepers of all time.

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