Buffon Confirms This Weekend Will Be His Final Game For Juventus

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Juventus and Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon is expected to announce his retirement at a news conference at the Allianz Stadium in Turin on Thursday.

"I want to summarise what is a special day for me, one which I arrive at with a lot of serenity and happiness", Buffon said. "These feelings are thanks to an unbelievable path I've been lucky enough to share with many people who really liked me, and I felt this day after day, and for this I fought and tried to do my best".

That was his 176th cap for Italy - a national record - since his debut against Russian Federation in October 1997.

"Saturday will be my last match at Juventus and end my adventure so, with two cups, with the proximity of Andrea and all the Bianconeri people, will be the best thing".

Italy great Gianluigi Buffon's sister on Wednesday urged the Juventus goalkeeping star not to call time on his illustrious career.

"The more I see him on the pitch, the less he seems to me like a player on the cusp of walking into the sunset", Veronica Buffon told Tuttosport.

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

"I've told him this so many times, but Gigi is a good guy he just laughs and nearly always replies: "maybe it's better this way". And the day I stop playing football, I will find a way not to get bored and I'll stay busy. 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. Every morning you are given a timetable.

Buffon made his senior debut for Parma in 1995. It sounded appealing. But deep down I feel very Italian.

"As a figure in sports, I didn't and still don't want to leave Italy as long as I don't have to".

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