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Buffon to play last match for Juventus

Gianluigi Buffon

In an emotional press conference this morning, the legendary Italian announced that the game against Hellas Verona at the weekend will be last for the club, putting an end to a 17-year, trophy-laden spell.

However, Buffon only briefly discussed Szczesny, who was brought in last summer as the 40-year-old's Bianconeri successor between the sticks.

"Saturday will be my last match at Juventus and finishing my adventure like that, with two titles, with the support of (Juventus chairman) Andrea (Agnelli) and all the Bianconero people, will be the most attractive", Buffon told reporters.

"Saturday will be my last game for Juventus".

"Up to 15 days ago my retirement seemed obvious, but some days ago I received some interesting offers in and out of the pitch and the most important of this second group was made by President Agnelli".

I am not someone who thinks it is right to end my career in who knows what third or fourth level division.

"If I feel as strong as I do at the age of 40, that is all thanks to Juventus and the mentality here".

"Not to mention that in the Champions League, at the Bernabeu, he put in a fantastic performance.

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I make this decision in a calm and happy state of mind, which is not to be taken for granted for a sportsperson". "I wish him all the best".

"If I decide to continue it will be to fight for big things, because that's what I live for".

Buffon has won four successive Coppa Italias and five Italian Supercoppas with Juventus.

It was the ninth Serie A title he won with Juventus.

Among his records for club and country is the longest time in Serie A without conceding a goal when he was unbeaten for 974 consecutive minutes in the 2015-16 season.

The captain's armband, which Buffon has worn since Alessandro Del Piero's departure in 2012, will be handed to another veteran, defender Giorgio Chiellini.

In November, Buffon retired from the national team after Italy lost a World Cup playoff to Sweden but recently returned for friendlies.

Italy's most capped player with 176, Buffon could make his worldwide farewell on June 4 in a friendly against the Netherlands.

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