Gianluigi Buffon to leave Juventus; reveals offers that may hold off retirement

Jose Verdugo
May 17, 2018

"I'm sorry for [Gianluigi] Donnarumma, but there will never be another Gigi", Martina said. I'm having continual discussion with Andrea, who knows what is happening around me and is an advisor I don't want to lose.

"Until 15 days it was sure I would stop playing football, but now new challenges have arrived both on the pitch and outside the pitch".

"I think after Saturday, when I have some serenity, I will take my final decision, which will be to follow what comes from within me. I've had the pleasure of accompanying the journey of the greatest goalkeeper in history". "I can only say thank you to him".

"I'm his sister, I love him very much and I'm biased, but I really don't think it's time for goodbye. I always tried to do my best".

"Saturday will be my last match with Juventus and I do believe it will be the most lovely thing to end my adventure this way", he said. "Now there are some interesting proposals", he said.

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"I've told him this so many times, but Gigi is a good guy he just laughs and nearly always replies: "maybe it's better this way". It was certainly a special situation and a few days later, I said that Buffon, with the emotion of that night, should not say what he did.

The Italian is still facing the prospect of a European ban over comments he made on the performance of English referee, Michael Oliver.

However, the 2006 World Cup victor, close to tears at times, did not say whether he was retiring from the sport altogether. Then, there was the penalty in the last minute of their Champions League quarterfinal against Real Madrid, which saw Juventus lose out.

Buffon, widely regarded as one of the best goalkeepers of all time, joined Juve in 2001 after six top-flight seasons at Parma, where he won an Italian Cup and a UEFA Cup.

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