Buffon confirms he will leave Juventus after 17 years

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Buffon confirms he will leave Juventus after 17 years

The event at Juventus Stadium was announced earlier this week and some familiar faces in the audience served to underline its significance as former team-mate Pavel Nedved - now a club director - and Giorgio Chiellini stood close by.

That defeat ensured Buffon would not leave Juve with a Champions League winners' medal, the only major title he has never won in his career. Italy's most capped player with 176, the 2006 World Cup victor could make his global farewell on June 4 in a friendly against the Netherlands.

With over 650 appearances for Juve and 176 caps for the Italian national team, his longevity has been nearly as remarkable as his consistency, Buffon's name in the conversation as one of the world's best goalkeepers for nearly two decades.

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Interestingly, Andrea Agnelli is the Juve chairman, leading some to speculate that Buffon might even be being primed to take a coaching and/or managerial role at the Old Lady next season.

'I can not thank the president for his kind words.

Buffon comes from a sporting family, and both his two sisters Veronica and Guendalina played volleyball for Italy. I felt this love and fought to deserve it, and tried to do my best.

And Veronica said space had not yet been made for the one he will wear for his final game expected to be Saturday when he makes his 640th and final Serie A appearance against Verona.

He has previously hinted that he will retire at end of the season but did not disclose this on Thursday.

"I really don't think it's time for goodbye", Veronica Buffon said.

According to the Italian press Buffon has received offers from top European clubs including Liverpool, Real Madrid and Paris Saint Germain.

On his future plans; "The most exciting proposal for my career off the pitch has come from the president".

"Next week, after a few days of calm reflection, I will make a definite and certain decision".

"I don't need other shows of affection", Buffon added.

'I'm Buffon, and that is who I want to be till the last minute. The day I can't, no problem.

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