5/19/2018 7:29:23 PM (GMT+3)

End of a long journey: Buffon plays his final game for Juventus

End of a long journey: Buffon plays his final game for Juventus

TURIN, Italy: It was the end of a long journey as Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon played his final game for Juventus on Saturday.

He bid adieu after a trophy-laden 17-year career in a 2-1 win over already relegated Verona.

Buffon -- who had captained Juventus to a seventh straight Serie A title and fourth consecutive Italian Cup triumph this season -- took his final bow midway through the second half.

It was the 656th game for the evergreen 40-year-old, who arrived in Turin in 2001 from Parma for a then world record fee of 52 million euro.

The goalkeeper and captain was substituted by coach Massimiliano Allegri on 63 minutes to take an ovation before 40,000 emotional Juventus fans, many with their eyes filled with tears.

Juventus were two goals up thanks to Daniele Rugani after 49 minutes and Miralem Pjanic three minutes later when Buffon came off the pitch.

He hugged all his teammates, on the field and on the bench, and then left the sidelines.

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