Gianluigi Buffon managed to surprise just about everyone by announcing at a big media conference that he will leave Juventus - but not retire.
Speaking to juventus.com, he said: "Saturday will be my final match for Juventus and to end this journey with two cups and with the entire Bianconeri world by my side will be very special".
"What will I do next?"
"On Saturday I will play a game and that is the only certainty I have". He noted he changed his mind on retirement over two weeks ago and confirmed he had received several offers, both as a player and in off-field roles. "Interesting proposals have now arrived".
'It was a particular situation and a few days later I confessed the Buffon of that day, with the sentiments and feelings of that night, couldn't help but say those things. It's a way of seeing what you're made of and I have never been afraid of a challenge.
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From 2001 to 2018, Gianluiggi Buffon was the legendary GK of Juventus Turin. It ends a run of 17 years for Buffon as the shot stopper for the Old Lady, and he ends his time at Juve as a record holder in many categories. "I'm having a continual discussion with [Juventus president] Andrea Agnelli, who knows what is happening around me and is a counsellor I don't want to lose".
I think it's right.
Buffon ends his Juventus career with 18 trophies including nine Scudettos, four Coppa Italias and five Italian Super Cups.
On May 11 UEFA opened disciplinary proceedings over Buffon's outburst against Oliver after he gave Real Madrid the 93rd-minute penalty in their April 11 Champions League quarterfinal second leg at the Bernebeu. He's appeared in three Champions League finals and lost them all.
The Italian worldwide holds the record for going 974 minutes in Serie A football without conceding a goal and has kept 300 clean sheets in 655 competitive club matches.