Gianluigi Buffon: Juventus And Italy Goalkeeper Set To Announce Retirement

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Buffon, who captained Juve to a league and cup double this season, could make his 640th and final Serie A appearance for the club against Hellas Verona this weekend.

Juve and Italy great Buffon is expected to reveal his future plans on Thursday amid speculation the 40-year-old goalkeeper and 176-cap worldwide will retire.

'I'm very happy at the moment. These feelings are children of an extraordinary and attractive journey, shared with people who have loved me.

"Because it is important for athletes like you and me, who have always played at the top, to be doing our best, struggling to be the best, to stay at the top". It's a very emotional day for me and I'm here off the back of an extraordinary and wonderful journey, shared with people who have cared about me greatly. I've had a great career anyway.

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"I would be dishonest if I told you I'm not afraid". And the day I stop playing football, I will find a way not to get bored and I'll stay busy. My fear was to arrive at the end of my adventure with Juve as somebody just being tolerated or a player whose engine had broken down - I can say it is not like this, and I am proud that I have been able to express maybe not my best, but performances always worthy of my name and Juventus. My own philosophy is built around that of the club and I shall continue to live my life in that way, as that's the only way I know to achieve results.

Buffon's career has nevertheless been more about the highs than the lows and, nearly 23 years since making his debut on November 19, 1995, for Parma against AC Milan, he bows out considered as one of the greatest goalkeepers of all time.

"I really don't think it's time for goodbye", Veronica Buffon said.

'As a figure in sports, I didn't and still don't want to leave Italy as long as I don't have to'.