Captain Gianluigi Buffon leaving Juventus but not retiring

Ruben Holloway
May 18, 2018

Buffon is arguably the greatest goalkeeper of his generation, playing 17 years for Juventus while posting 300 clean sheets and winning 404 matches.

He noted he changed his mind on retirement over two weeks ago and confirmed he had received several offers, both as a player and in off-field roles. "After that match, I went beyond the limits with the things I said about the referee and I apologise for that".

Gianluigi Buffon managed to surprise just about everyone by announcing at a big media conference that he will leave Juventus - but not retire.

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And according to reports from French outlets Le Parisien and Canal +, the 40-year-old is in dialogue with the Ligue 1 champions for a transfer. Buffon said Oliver should have been more "sensitive" to the moment in the match. "In 2001, they signed an extraordinary talent - I'm probably biased in saying that - but I have to say that, if this talent was transformed into a champion, it's because Juve made sure it happened".

"Over the next three days, full of emotion, I will after two or three days of reflection make a definitive decision".

"I am a person who is nourished by challenges and dreams".

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Juve goalie and skipper Gianluigi Buffon on Thursday admitted he had "gone too far" in jostling and shouting at ref Michael Oliver when he awarded Real Madrid a last-minute penalty that qualified them for the Champions League semi-finals last month. "I am a competitive animal", he said. Not on the pitch, as the referee gave me a red card which I still don't understand, and you rather than focusing on my comments, should look at behaviour from the official that was not really consistent.

"For now, I only know that Saturday I will play a game".

He has also won five Coppa Italia titles, one with Parma and four with Juventus, and one UEFA Cup title with Parma. Also as punishment, Juventus was relegated to Serie B but Buffon stayed and helped it win the second division and bounce straight back up.

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The shot-stopper also confirmed he would not play again for the Azzurri, ruling out an expected global farewell on June 4 in a friendly against the Netherlands.

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