Buffon calls time on Juventus career

Buffon calls time on Juventus career

Buffon, 40, captained Juventus to a seventh straight Serie A title and fourth consecutive Italian Cup triumph this season.

On Wednesday, an interview with Gerard Pique saw the Juventus goalkeeper admit he did not know if his career was over, and less than 24 hours later this event did little to clarify whether or not the 40-year-old was indeed at the end of his playing days.

It seems an appropriate time for Buffon to retire, having previously stated he would walk away at the end of the season unless Juventus won the Champions League - a dream that was crushed in dramatic fashion at the quarter-final stage after he was sent off for a foul in the area and Real Madrid converted the resulting last-gasp penalty. "Off the pitch the most interesting was made to me by (Juventus) president (Andrea) Agnelli". He had already won the Coppa Italia and the UEFA Cup with Parma before joining the Bianconeri and can add a Serie B crown to that list after remaining with the club following their 2006 relegation, plus the World Cup later that same year.

That defeat ensured Buffon would not leave Juve with a Champions League winners' medal, the only major title he has never won in his career.

Italy's most capped player with 176, Buffon could make his worldwide farewell on June 4 in a friendly against the Netherlands.

Liverpool chiefs are reportedly mulling over a swoop for Gianluigi Buffon if the Juventus goalkeeper opts to prolong his playing career. I always tried to do my best'.

Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon looks on during the TIM Cup Final between Juventus and AC Milan at Stadio Olimpico

Buffon said he would like to take more time to reflect on his future which could be either on or off the pitch.

"I'm his sister, I love him very much and I'm biased, but I really don't think it's time for goodbye".

"What am I going to do?"

Until about two weeks ago, I was certain I would stop playing.

"I can't give Giorgio advice. I've seen plenty of them down the years, so all that I ask for is your respect and affection towards me on the day".

'After all, players like us, who have lived the game intensely, have to keep their minds occupied and have a reason to get up, something to fight for.

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