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Iconic goalkeeper Buffon to leave Juventus after 17 years

IANS  |  Rome 

announced on Thursday that he will be leaving the Italian football club after 17 years, a long career that has seen him become one of the world's most recognizable faces in the sport.

In an emotional press conference, the legendary keeper said that Saturday's match against Hellas would mark the end of his career with Juventus, reports

"Saturday will be my final match for and to end this journey with two cups and with the and the entire Bianconeri world by my side will be very special," said.

"is a family for me and I am honoured to have been a part of it. The club is planning for a victorious future. If one day I am considered someone who can help the cause, Juventus will take priority for me," he added.

Buffon, who participated in 176 games with the Italian national team, said he was not going to participate in any of the national team's games, leaving the floor for the "several young keepers who need to gain experience to grow."

Juventus announced that Poland's would be replacing in the upcoming season.

"Legends do exist. Approximately 30% of our trophies at bear your name, you deserve a huge round of applause," Agnelli added.

Buffon has not yet decided his next step and said he would need to "go through training in order to understand the right path to take and what role to occupy."



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First Published: Thu, May 17 2018. 18:30 IST