Turin Gianluigi Buffon will leave Juventus forever at the end of the season.
Italy’s world champion goalkeeper, he spent most of his outstanding career at Juventus, but was surprised to return to the Serie A team in 2019 after spending a year with Paris Saint-Germain.
He announced today that his contract will end in June, which will be the end of his career at Bianconeri.
The 43-year-old goalkeeper said in an interview with beIN Sports: “My future is clear, and this beautiful and long experience with Juventus will disappear forever this year. Whether I stop the game or find an inspiration I will consider the situations that I play or that lead me to have different life experiences.”
“I think I handed everything over to Juventus. He has given me everything and will not be able to give me more. We have reached the end of the cycle, so eliminating interference is the right thing to do.”
Buffon is expected to announce his retirement in 2017, but he surprised everyone by signing with PSG. When he returned to Turin, it was an even bigger surprise.
Buffon played 7 games in Serie A this season-keeping 3 goals unchanged-and helped Juventus reach the Coppa Italia final, which may be their last meeting with Juventus. The final will play against Atlanta on May 19.
After coming from Parma, Buffon made his debut for Vecchia Signora in 2001 and became one of the best goalkeepers in the world.
He won 10 Serie A titles with Bianconeri, including four league titles and doubles titles.
Buffon also set a record of 176 appearances for the Italian national team and helped Azuri win the 2006 World Cup in Germany.