Juventus goalkeeper, Gianluigi Buffon, has announced that will be playing his last game for the club this Saturday against Verona.
Buffon has spent 17 years at Juventus and won nine Serie A titles, one UEFA Cup. He was also helped Italy win the World Cup and has featured in over 100 games for the Bianconeri.
“I want to thank the President, who apart from his institutional role at Juventus is truly something more for me. Over the years, I think we developed a unique rapport of closeness, of sharing and I can say of friendship, if I may be so bold,” Buffon was quoted by Juventus website.
“It’s the conclusion of a wonderful journey. I’ve been fortunate enough to share with people who truly cared for me. I felt that, day after day, and because of that love I fought and tried to do my best.
“Saturday will be my last game for Juventus. I think it’s the best way to end this wonderful adventure. To end it with another two victories, which are truly important, and to end it with the closeness and accompaniment of Andrea and the whole Juventus populace.
“My fear was to reach the end of the Juve adventure as someone who people just put up with or a player who had lost it… I’m truly proud that up to the age of 40, up to Saturday, I’ve been able to perform to the level of my name & of Juventus.
“I want to thank the Juventus family. In 2001, they signed an extraordinary talent. I’m probably biased in saying that, but I have to say that if I became a champion, it’s because Juve ensured that happened. They allowed me to take another step forward.
“Over the next three days, full of emotion, I will after two or three days of reflection make a definitive decision, on whether I’ll keep playing. I’ll try to follow whatever calls to my soul and my nature.”
On his future the club, Buffon said: “I don’t know if this is the best Juventus of all time, as that would show a lack of respect to some of those before us. Are we the most consistent, pig-headed and determined Juve side? Probably yes, that is what this uninterrupted run of success would suggest.
“Now I have received some proposals and exciting challenges, both on the field and off it. The most important for staying on the pitch was proposed to me by Agnelli. A return to Parma is a romantic childhood dream, but nothing more than that, no.”