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Juventus captain Buffon: I'm afraid of retirement

17 May 2018

Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon reportedly gears up to announce his retirement later this week.

"I am very excited, but I come to this day with happiness and fulfilment". That run includes the Azzurri's 2006 World Cup triumph, just one of the many trophies and accolades the 40-year-old picked up throughout his career. These feelings are children of an extraordinary and handsome journey, shared with people who have loved me. Italy's most capped player with 176, the 2006 World Cup victor could make his global farewell on June 4 in a friendly against the Netherlands.

Buffon said Oliver had "a rubbish bin for a heart" after awarding a controversial late penalty in Juventus' Champions League semi-final defeat to Real Madrid.

Gianluigi Buffon has confirmed that this weekend's game against Verona will be his final game for Juventus. "As his sister and a former athlete I want to hear him say: "I'm stopping because I don't have it anymore", but that's not how it is".

"This is the greatest gratification, and that is why I arrive at this moment so happy, because it's not something you take for granted to be able to perform at this level for so long".

"I would be dishonest if I told you I'm not afraid". I'll never get bored or miss being in the public eye. My own philosophy is built around that of the club and I shall continue to live my life in that way, as that's the only way I know to achieve results.

Buffon has spent his illustrious career in Italy, having swapped boyhood club Parma for Juventus in 2001.

Asked if he had ever thought about playing overseas, Buffon said: "I would have liked to because I like being around different people, other ways of life, of thinking". It sounded appealing. But deep down I feel very Italian. Gigi is a UNESCO world heritage, and trust me I've played high-level sport.

Juventus captain Buffon: I'm afraid of retirement