Gianluigi Buffon to leave Juventus after 17 years

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Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon has announced that he will leave Juventus after their final game of the season on Saturday.

The 40-year-old has said that he will decide whether to retire in the next week or so and that he has received offers both as a player and in coaching or punditry roles.

“Next week, after two or three days of reflection and serenity, I will take my decision,” Buffon told reporters.

“Fifteen days ago, I was already an ex-player. Now I’m not sure any more. Proposals have arrived for some new challenges on and off the pitch. The most important off the pitch is from Juventus.

“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.”

Buffon will lift his ninth Serie A title against Hellas Verona, a feat unmatched by any other player.

Former Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny is the current Juve number two and looks set to take on the number one jersey next season.

Cover Photo: By Doha Stadium Plus Qatar from Doha, Qatar (Gianluigi Buffon) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

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