Buf­fon to leave Ju­ven­tus af­ter 17 years

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Ital­ian goal­keeper Gian­luigi Buf­fon, con­sid­ered by many to be the great­est-ever in his po­si­tion, will play his last match for Ju­ven­tus af­ter 17 years at the club when they host Verona in Serie A on Satur­day. Yet the 40-year-old stop­per, who has won nine Serie A ti­tles with Ju­ven­tus in­clud­ing the last seven in a row, stopped short of an­nounc­ing his re­tire­ment in a news con­fer­ence on Thurs­day. The 2006 World Cup win­ner, close to tears at times, said that until two weeks ago he had been set to end his play­ing ca­reer, but changed his mind af­ter re­ceiv­ing “very in­ter­est­ing” pro­pos­als. “Satur­day will be my last game for Ju­ven­tus. I think it’s the best way to end this won­der­ful adventure,” said Buf­fon, who has kept 300 clean sheets in his 655 ap­pear­ances for the Turin side. “For now, I only know that Satur­day I will play a game. Until a few days ago it was cer­tain that I would stop play­ing. Now there are some very in­ter­est­ing pro­pos­als,” he said.

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