Football: Italy great Gianluigi Buffon to leave Juventus

Gianluigi Buffon captained Juventus to a seventh straight Serie A title and fourth consecutive Italian Cup triumph this season.
Gianluigi Buffon captained Juventus to a seventh straight Serie A title and fourth consecutive Italian Cup triumph this season.PHOTO: AFP

TURIN (AFP) - Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon announced on Thursday (May 17) that he will leave the Turin giants after 17 years.

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

He has also confirmed that he will be taking a few weeks to decide on his immediate future.

"Over the next three days, full of emotion, I will, after two or three days of reflection, make a definitive decision," he said.

"I'll try to follow whatever calls to my soul and my nature."

Juventus president Andrea Agnelli has said that Buffon is considering offers from other clubs.

"Any choice he makes, he'll have my full support. He has received many bids, both as player and off-pitch," he said.

"He knows that he has my full support for the future. I wish for him to enjoy Saturday at Allianz Stadium. I'd just like to say a massive 'Thank You' to Gigi."

The former Parma goalkeeper will make his 640th and final Serie A appearance for Juventus against Verona on Saturday.