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Italy great Buffon calls time on 17-year Juventus career

AFP  |  Turin (Italy) 

Juventus announced today that he will leave the giants after 17 years but did not, as expected, declare the end of his playing career.

Buffon, 40, captained Juventus to a seventh straight title and fourth consecutive Italian Cup triumph this season.

"To end this adventure with two new victories was important," the Italian told a press conference at the Stadium.

"Saturday will be my final match with Juventus." The former Parma will make his 640th appearance against in said he would like to take more time to reflect on his future which could be either on or off the pitch.

"I going to do? Saturday, I'm playing a match and it's the only thing that's certain," he continued.

"Until 15 days ago, I was sure to stop playing, but I received some exciting proposals, both on and off the pitch. Off the pitch the most interesting was made to me by (Juventus) (Andrea) Agnelli."

"Next week, after a few days of calm reflection, I will make a definite and certain decision." According to the Italian press has received offers from top European clubs including Liverpool, Real Madrid and Paris Saint Germain.

It was a rollercoaster season for Buffon with failing to qualify for finals for the first time in six decades.

His final game ended in another fiasco last month as he raged into the night at the referee after being sent off late in a semi-final defeat by Real Madrid.

He is facing a ban for his verbal abuse of English referee who he said had "a rubbish bag for a heart" and should "sit in the stands with your wife, your kids, having your drink and eating your crisps".

Italy's most with 176, Buffon could make his international farewell on June 4 in a friendly against the

Buffon holds the record for going 974 minutes in football without conceding a goal and has kept 300 clean sheets in 655 competitive club matches.

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First Published: Thu, May 17 2018. 18:20 IST