Captain Gianluigi Buffon leaving Juventus but not retiring

Captain Gianluigi Buffon leaving Juventus but not retiring

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.

"I am very excited, but I come to this day with happiness and fulfilment". "These feelings are thanks to an incredible path I've been lucky enough to share with many people who really liked me, and I felt this day after day, and for this I fought and tried to do my best". Italy's most capped player with 176, the 2006 World Cup victor could make his worldwide farewell on June 4 in a friendly against the Netherlands.

"Saturday will be my last match at Juventus and end my adventure so, with two cups, with the proximity of Andrea and all the Bianconeri people, will be the best thing".

"The more I see him on the pitch, the less he seems to me like a player on the cusp of walking into the sunset", Veronica Buffon told Tuttosport. I've had a great career anyway.

"My fear was to get to the end as a player with a broken engine but it's not like this".

"The only problem is that my life has been organised for me for 23 years". Every morning you are given a timetable.

"To award such a doubtful, or super doubtful, penalty just ahead of the final whistle and destroy the work of a team who gave absolutely everything you have to have a rubbish bin instead of your heart", he said.

Buffon will walk away from the game as one of the most decorated footballers in history, having won 22 trophies in Italy during his spells at Parma and Juventus.

"I really don't think it's time for goodbye", Veronica Buffon said. I know Italy has its limitations, but the world I know makes me smile and I like it. Gigi is a UNESCO world heritage, and trust me: I've played high level sport.

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