Gianluigi Buffon said on Tuesday he would lower the curtain on his stint at Juventus after nearly two decades at the end of the season, but would look to extend his trophy-filled career elsewhere at the age of 43.
Former Italian captain Buffon is an iconic figure in Italian football, one of the stars of the Azzurri’s 2006 World Cup triumph, which accumulated a record 176 caps for his country.
However, he’s been behind Wojciech Szczesny in the goalkeeper pecking order since returning to Juve after a short spell at Paris Saint-Germain in 2019 and has only made 12 appearances in all competitions this season.
“My future is clear, at the end of the season I am leaving Juve, and then I will find something that stimulates me or I will leave the game,” he said in an interview with BeIN Sport.
“I have given everything and received everything to Juventus, but we have come to the end of a cycle and it is only fitting that I put an end to all confusion (about his future). “
Buffon, who holds the record for Serie A appearances, has won 10 Serie A titles with Juventus since joining in 2001, as well as five Italian Cups and second tier Serie B in 2007 after their relegation to the continuation of the “Calciopoli”. match-fixing scandal.
He also won Ligue 1 with Paris Saint-Germain in 2018-19 before returning to the Turin giants, and the UEFA Cup in 1999 with Parma, where he started his career as a teenager in 1995.
However, he never won the Champions League after losing the finals with Juve in 2003, 2015 and 2017.
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