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Italian great Gianluigi Buffon set to announce retirement

17 May 2018

Buffon has called a news conference for Thursday to address his future, but his agent, Silvano Martina, has indirectly confirmed that he will be hanging up his gloves following Saturday's clash with Hellas Verona, when he will get his hands on the Serie A trophy for the seventh straight season and a record ninth time.

"Saturday will be my final match for Juventus and to end this journey with two cups and with the president and the entire Bianconeri world by my side, will be very special", said Buffon. I'm having continual discussion with Andrea, who knows what is happening around me and is an advisor I don't want to lose.

"The more I see him on the pitch, the less he seems to me like a player walking into the sunset", Veronica, 43, told Turin daily Tuttosport.

"I think after Saturday, when I have some serenity, I will take my final decision, which will be to follow what comes from within me". I'm proud to say it's not like that.

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"Saturday will be my last match with Juventus and I do believe it will be the best way to conclude this wonderful adventure", he told a news conference. "Interesting proposals have now arrived". "These feelings are thanks to an incredible path I've been lucky enough to share with many people who really liked me, and I felt this day after day, and for this I fought and tried to do my best".

The Italian is still facing the prospect of a European ban over comments he made on the performance of English referee, Michael Oliver.

The Champions League eluded him, though, even though he appeared in three finals, most recently losing out to Barcelona in 2015 and Real Madrid in 2017. Italy's most capped player with 176, the 2006 World Cup victor could make his worldwide farewell on June 4 in a friendly against the Netherlands. Buffon is widely regarded as one of the best goalkeepers of all time.

Italian great Gianluigi Buffon set to announce retirement