Gianluigi Buffon Announces Retirement Plans
Gianluigi Buffon will call time on his incredible, handsome career at the end of the season, unless Juventus win the Champions League.
The world's greatest goalkeeper has been on the losing side in three Champions League finals, including two of the last three, with Barcelona and Real Madrid cruelly breaking gorgeous Gianluigi's heart in 2015 and this year.
The 39-year-old, who has amassed 10 Serie A titles, three Coppa Italias and the 2006 World Cup along with ONE HUNDRED AND SEVENTY THREE CAPS for Italy, recently revealed in an interview that, unless the Bianconeri lift the trophy with the big ears at the end of the 2017/18 campaign, he'll bring the curtain down on his remarkable career.
"This is going to be my last season playing football. Staying another year wouldn't change anything, I've accomplished so much"- ItalianFootballTV (@IFTVofficial) October 24, 2017
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:flag_it::sweat:- The Sportsman (@TheSportsman) October 24, 2017
- Club Apps: 853
- Games: 173
- Serie A Titles: 10
- World Cups: 1
The legend that is Gigi Buffon will retire at the end of the season pic.twitter.com/FJTLiHa3Uv
Speaking at FIFA's The Best awards yesterday, where he was named Goalkeeper Of The Year, Buffon said, "There's no margin (to change mind) because I'm quite convinced of the choices I've made.
"This is my last season and I'm pretty sure of the choices I make. One or two more years wouldn't add or take away from what I've already achieved.
"The only way would be to win the Champions League.
"At that point, to try to win the Club World Cup, maybe Szczesny could play one game and me another.
"But I think with a goalkeeper like him behind it is normal that next year I'll stand aside."
WHAT...A...FUCKING...BLOKE. Images: PA
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.
We'll have more on this story as it continues to develop. In the meantime, I'm off for a massive cry at the thought of a football world without Buffon and the soon to be retired Andrea Pirlo. As if Francesco Totti's retirement in May wasn't enough. For fuck sake.
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