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Buffon to retire at the end of the season

26 October, 2017, 00:53 | Author: Carla Brady
  • Buffon arrives at FIFA's The Best awards having been nominated for best goalkeeper of the year

The former Parma man left his boyhood club to join Juve for a then world record breaking fee of £31 million in 2001, having won the UEFA Cup and Coppa Italia at Parma in 1999.

Gianluigi Buffon has confirmed he will retire after the World Cup, unless he can help club side Juventus win the Champions League this season.

He's leading Italy in their World Cup 2018 campaign, but has said he's "99.9 percent certain" it will be his last tournament at home or overseas.

Gianluigi Buffon has been named as the goalkeeper of the year at FIFA's The Best awards on Tuesday, Dailymail reported.

"This is my last season and I am quite convinced of the choices I take", he told Sky Italia.

"I'm not afraid of the future, indeed".

In the worldwide arena the best in the career of Gianluigi Buffon came in 2006 and the triumph at the world Cup in Germany.




"I am facing it and I will face it with the desire and enthusiasm to put myself to the test".

"In that case, I think Szczesny and I could split time. but with a goalkeeper like him behind me, I think it's normal that I'll be stepping aside next year".

Beating off Real Madrid's Keylor Navas and Bayern Munich's Manuel Neuer, Buffon said: "I am very happy because this is a great award to win at my age".

"A year or two wouldn't add anything to what I have already done and it would make sense to move on".

His coach Massimiliano Allegri was beaten to The Best FIFA Coach award by Zinedine Zidane, but he hopes to be back in the running next year, since that will mean he has achieved something even greater than last season.

"Like with everything, I look for a reason, and the only reason [to continue] would be winning the Champions League".

Juventus, European champions in 1985 and 1996, have finished runners-up in the Champions League twice in the past three years.

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