5/17/2018 3:10:03 PM (GMT+3)

Legendary keeper Buffon will play his final game for Juventus on Saturday

Legendary keeper Buffon will play his final game for Juventus on Saturday

KOLKATA, India: Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon will play his final game for Juventus on Saturday after 17 years with the club.

The World Cup winner, 40, will lift his ninth Serie A title against Hellas Verona at the Allianz Stadium.

“I want to enjoy Saturday just like all other title celebrations. I've seen plenty of them down the years, so all that I ask for is your respect and affection towards me on the day,” Buffon tweeted.

The club officials gave Buffon a long and emotional applause after the legendary keeper announced his decision.

“Giorgio Chiellini and I have shared the Bianconeri dressing room for many years and he possesses all of the values required by a Juventus captain. I wish him all the best.

"To think that a winning cycle would finish on Saturday would be very serious indeed, but it won't. The essential common denominator to this club's success is the Agnelli family,” Buffon tweeted.

Buffon, who joined Juventus from Parma in 2001, has ruled out joining another Italian club, saying he does not want to play in a “minor league” and could take a six-month sabbatical.

“There will never be anyone like @GianluigiBuffon. Thank you, Gigi. You are truly #UN1CO,” the club said in a statement.

 

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