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Gianluigi Buffon has prompted fans to call for him to hang up his gloves after he made a horrific effort in the 2-2 draw with Sassuolo today.
Buffon was in between the sticks ahead Wojciech Szczęsny at the Allianz Stadium and conceded once in either half. The first saw him sat down by Jeremie Boga's naughty chipped finish but the second was an absolute disaster.
After some poor communication between Buffon and Matthijs de Ligt, the ball dropped kindly to Francesco Caputo just after half-time.
His finish looked tame but Buffon uncharacteristically made an absolute mess of it and spilled the ball into the net.
☠ An absolute horror show for Buffon and the Juve defence!- Premier Sports :tv: (@PremierSportsTV) December 1, 2019
:soccer: Sassuolo take a shock 2-1 lead through Caputo pic.twitter.com/I5CfSVKKyV
And the shocker of a mistake resulted in a lot of fans suggesting that the 41-year old retire from the game before he tarnishes his special legacy.
Buffon needs to retire, bloke is waiting for Ronaldo to carry Juventus to a UCL so he can put it on his CV https://t.co/Z01KK1yqmu- Salahhh (@SuperSalahd) December 1, 2019
Buffon should just retire, no be by force to win ucl. He cost PSG against united now same thing in juve.- Olutex (@Sholaolutex) December 1, 2019
Buffon acting like Dhoni. Don't tarnish your legacy old man. Retire with grace.- Man United Mumbai (@ManUnitedOpini1) December 1, 2019
Buffon should just retire!! Juve should understand this better and shouldn't have given him a contract!!- IbkSports (@IbkSports) December 1, 2019
It's totally unacceptable for a 41yrs old still standing between the sticks for a competitive club like Juventus :broken_heart::broken_heart:
I love Buffon and everything all that he's ever given to our club. That being said, it's time to retire.- Michael Anthny (@MichaelAnthny_) December 1, 2019
Buffon fucking up his club for his personal achievements.- Rohit Kumar (@old_monk9) December 1, 2019
Brilliant fucking scenes.
Retire now you old fuck.#JuveSassuolo
This is what happens when a coffin dodger like Buffon refuses to retire. Blokes 41 and still playing, absolutely shocking keeping there, I could've saved that https://t.co/k9swXT4qH5- :a:️F (@af__8909) December 1, 2019
Dear Legend Buffon, it's time to retire.- GoalsTV:soccer: (@goalstv3) December 1, 2019
Please don't destroy your history at the end of your career! :raised_hands:
Buffon is embarassing himself now. Should just retire- UnitedWasDopeOnce (@DopeWas) December 1, 2019
Buffon returned to the Bianconeri in the summer after one season with PSG and is just three games away from breaking Paulo Maldini's Serie A appearance record of 647.
But while he dreams of playing football until he's 80 years of age, the reality is that he's very much at the end of the cycle.