Gianluigi Buffon leaving Juventus but postponing retirement

Juventus captain Gianluigi Buffon will play his last match for the Italian champion on Saturday and has actually delayed retirement to consider offers to play overseas.

Buffon, who is commonly considered one of the finest goalkeepers of perpetuity, was anticipated to announce his retirement at a press conference in Turin on Thursday.

Instead, while the 40-year-old Buffon states the Serie A match versus Hellas Verona on Saturday will be his last for Juventus, he has gotten "amazing" deals which have actually altered his mind about hanging up his gloves.

"(On) Saturday I will play a match and that is the only thing that's particular," stated Buffon, who destroyed at the start of the conference after an emotional homage from Juventus president Andrea Agnelli.

"Till about 2 weeks back, I was certain I would stop playing. Now offers have actually gotten here that are amazing on and off the pitch, and the most important was proposed to me by Agnelli.

"I'll let these three days pass then I will make a definitive choice, in complete calm, and which will be one that contacts us to my personality and my nature."

Buffon made his launching with Parma in 1995, and has actually been at Juventus given that 2001. He has actually eliminated relocating to another Italian club or falling the divisions.

"I am not someone who believes it is right to end my career in who knows exactly what 3rd or fourth level department," Buffon included. "I am a competitive animal and I wouldn't have the ability to live in that situation. I wouldn't feel at ease."

Buffon has been linked with a relocation to Liverpool, which might offer the former Italy captain the chance to win the Champions League-- among the few trophies missing from his glittering collection, that includes the 2006 World Cup. He's appeared in 3 Champions League finals and lost them all.

"I said that I received very fascinating offers," stated Buffon, when asked directly about a relocation to the English Premier League. "Next week, as soon as whatever has actually calmed down a little bit, I will choose what will be best for me.

"If I choose to continue it will be to combat for big things, since that's exactly what I live for."

Buffon assisted Juventus win a record-extending seventh straight Serie A on Sunday, four days after he led the Bianconeri to a 4th straight Italian Cup prize.

It was the ninth Serie A title he won with Juventus. 2 others were removed from the club due to the Calciopoli scandal. As penalty, Juventus was relegated to Serie B however Buffon remained and helped it win the 2nd division and bounce directly back up.

Amongst 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.

On Saturday, Buffon will make his 656th look for Juventus.

The captain's armband, which Buffon has actually used since Alessandro Del Piero's departure in 2012, will be handed to another veteran, defender Giorgio Chiellini. Wojciech Szczesny will become Juve's first-choice goalkeeper from next season.

Buffon was likewise Italy captain until he retired from the national group in November when the Azzurri lost a World Cup playoff to Sweden.

He just recently returned for friendlies and was anticipated to bid the national group bye-bye for great in another friendly on June 4 against the Netherlands at Allianz Stadium after 176 appearances for Italy.

He insisted he has actually played his last match for his nation and does not need a special swansong.

"I do not need other programs of affection," Buffon added. "Italy already has excellent, young goalkeepers and its right they must get their own experience."

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