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Gianluigi Buffon Set to Retire After Astounding 20 Years at Juventus

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Gianluigi Buffon’s contract is set to expire come season’s end and he has confirmed that he will not be extending his stay at the Allianz Stadium. The experienced keeper has only made ten appearances in all competitions for Juventus this year and, according to La Gazzetta, the 43 year old is prepared to remain in Italy, or even look abroad in order to secure the role of first-choice keeper at a top European team.

Buffon, who has spent the majority of his career donning the famous black and white stripes for Juventus, surprisingly returned to said club after spending one season with Paris Saint-Germain last year.

Gianluigi Buffon pictured during the Serie A match between Juventus and Parma.
TURIN, ITALY – APRIL 21: Gianluigi Buffon of Juventus during the Italian Serie A match between Juventus v Parma at the Allianz Stadium on April 21, 2021 in Turin Italy (Photo by Mattia Ozbot/Soccrates/Getty Images)

Naturally, the former-World Cup winner had grown wary of being second choice. However, his performances in the Coppa Italia- in which the Turin outfit reached the final- is surely enough proof that he still has the ability, hunger, and desire to compete at the highest level, despite being at the tail end of his career.

“My future is clear and defined. This very beautiful and very long experience with Juve will come to an end in a definitive manner this year. Either I stop playing, or if I find a situation that gives me motivation to play or even motivation to have a different life experience, I will take it into consideration.”

Buffon told beIN Sport

However, as time passed, many had begun speculating that Buffon may reconsider the decision of retirement if he was unable to find a suitable home elsewhere. But, Juventus decided not to pursue convincing him to remain at the club for another season, and, in turn, the 43-year-old announced on Tuesday that in June it will be- without a doubt- the end of his time in Northern Italy.

“I feel I gave everything for Juve. I have received everything, and more than this cannot be done. We have reached the end of a cycle and it’s right for one to remove the disturbance.”

Buffon announced on Tuesday

Buffon joined Juventus from Parma in 2001 and solidified himself as the best keeper in the world for the best of a decade. In mid 2017, many had expected him to announce his retirement, but instead joined PSG in a shock move and has since showcased his longevity far beyond what many fans had predicted.

In his time with the club, he has amassed an astounding 10 Serie A titles, including four league and cup doubles successively. He also holds his native’s record for international appearances, racking up 176 games for Italy, captaining the Azzurri to their famed 2006 World Cup triumph.

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