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Buffon leaves Juventus after 17 years

IANS  |  Rome 

Italian has announced his decision to leave Juventus, after 17 years with the club.

"On (next) Saturday, I will play my last match with Juventus," told the media on Thursday, reports

"I believe this is the best way to put an end to my great adventure."

Buffon, 40, joined Turin's in 2001, and has led the team as since 2012, helping win seven consecutive championships, and four national "Coppa Italia" trophies.

On Saturday afternoon, will face Hellas-in in the 38th and last game of the regular season, after winning its seventh title last Sunday.

Named of the national team in 2011, is the most capped Italian international with 176 international appearances, and the fourth-most of all time.

During the press conference, he confirmed he would leave, pointing out that the Azzurri "have many relevant young goalkeepers, who need to gain experience."

His farewell at international level might come on June 4, when hosts a friendly against the in

The announced his retirement from international competition in 2017, after failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, but later he agreed to stay for friendlies in 2018.

Buffon unveiled no clear plans for his future yet, saying he would take a decision "on several interesting proposals" over the next week.

He was named of the year by in 2017. In 2011, the of Football History and Statistics (IFFHS) also named him the world's best goalkeeper of the 21th century and in 2012 he was named the best goalkeeper of the past 25 years.

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First Published: Fri, May 18 2018. 13:32 IST
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