Gianluigi Buffon Announces Exit From Juventus
After 17 trophy-laden years, goalkeeping legend Gianluigi Buffon’s time at Juventus will come to an end this weekend.
The Italy and Juventus captain held a press conference on Thursday morning to reveal the inevitable decision that he will leave the club once the season is over.
The 40-year-old, who will go down as one of the greats, will bow out on Saturday afternoon when Juve host Verona at the Allianz Arena.
Juventus captain Gianluigi Buffon has announced he will leave them at the end of the season
Coppa Italia: 1998–99
Supercoppa Italiana: 1999
UEFA Cup: 1998–99
Serie A: 2001–02, 2002–03, 2004–05,[REVOKED] 2005–06,[REVOKED] 2011–12, 2012–13, 2013–14, 2014–15, 2015–16, 2016–17, 2017–18
Serie B: 2006–07
Coppa Italia: 2014–15, 2015–16, 2016–17, 2017–18
Supercoppa Italiana: 2002, 2003, 2012, 2013, 2015
FIFA World Cup: 2006
UEFA European Championship Runner-up: 2012
FIFA Confederations Cup Bronze Medal:2013
Buffon helped Juventus win a record-extending seventh straight Serie A on Sunday, four days after he led Juventus to a fourth straight Italian Cup title.
Buffon was also an integral member of the Italy squad that won the 2006 World Cup. He announced his retirement from the national team in November when Italy lost a World Cup playoff to Sweden but recently returned for friendlies.
Buffon could bid the national team goodbye for good in a friendly on June 4 against the Netherlands at Allianz Stadium.
The legendary goalkeeper has won nearly everything that is to win at national and club level but there has always been one trophy that has eluded him.
Buffon has never won the Champions League and every time he has reached the final – in 2003, 2015 and 2017 – Juve have fallen short.
Last summer he joked that he would only play on in 2018-19 if Juve won the Champions League this season. In that scenario he said he would stay until the World Club Cup in December and then quit.
The Italian champions were knocked out in the quarter-final by Real Madrid, with the tie marred by controversy after Michael Oliver awarded Zinedine Zidane’s men a penalty at the death.
Buffon has won nine Italian titles, the World Cup and UEFA Cup since his 1995 Parma debut
An enraged Buffon was sent off for dissent and putting his hands of the match official, before infamously saying that the Englishman ‘cannot have a heart in his chest, only a trashcan’.
Juventus were eventually knocked out and hopes of lifting the trophy evaporated as Buffon was later charged by UEFA for his behaviour.
Since his debut in 1995, he has won nine Italian titles, the World Cup and UEFA Cup. In the last four seasons he has captained the Bianconeri to the league and cup double – the quadruple double, if you will.
He’s been beaten in three Champions League finals and will be unable to complete his honours
The Tuscan holds an array of Serie A records and made 175 Italy appearances before retiring from international duty in November. No one, not even young heir Gianluigi Donnarumma, will beat that.
The stopper, born in Carrara, a city famous for its white marble, went to five World Cups, making 14 appearances at the tournament, conceding only 10 goals.
It’s a staggering career, but it’s up to others to talk and write about his achievements.