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Italy's Buffon says he will play last game for Juventus on Saturday

ITALYS BUFFON SAYS HE WILL PLAY LAST GAME FOR JUVENTUS ON SATURDAY

Iconic Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon announced Thursday he was leaving the club after 17 seasons and nine Serie A titles won with the Turin side.

Italy's talismanic goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon will play his last match for Juventus when they host Verona in Serie A on Saturday, he told reporters on Thursday, according to Italian media.

"Saturday will be my last game for Juventus. I think it's the best way to end this wonderful adventure," the 40-year-old said. Buffon has been at Juventus since 2001.

However, he told a news conference he was keeping his options open about whether he retires.

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

Buffon, 40, will lift a record seventh successive league title for Juve when the season ends on Saturday. He helped Italy lift the World Cup in 2006 and holds a record of 176 caps with the Azzurri.

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

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