'Don't go Gigi,' Buffon's sister urges Juventus great


After confirming Saturday's fixture against Verona will end his 17-year stay at the club, Buffon has refused to rule out continuing his professional career in his 40's.

It seems an appropriate time for Buffon to retire, having previously stated he would walk away at the end of the season unless Juventus won the Champions League - a dream that was crushed in dramatic fashion at the quarter-final stage after he was sent off for a foul in the area and Real Madrid converted the resulting last-gasp penalty. "I am a competitive animal and I wouldn't be able to live or feel at ease in that situation", he said.

Buffon will walk away from the game as one of the most decorated footballers in history, having won 22 trophies in Italy during his spells at Parma and Juventus.

Buffon stressed that he has no intention of playing for another team in Italy and there is the possibility of him moving upstairs in a different role at Juventus.

He was part of the Italian side that won the World Cup in 2006, and Captained the Azzuri to the European Championship final in 2012. "Next week, once everything has calmed down a little bit, I will decide what will be best for me".

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With over 650 appearances for Juve and 176 caps for the Italian national team, his longevity has been nearly as remarkable as his consistency, Buffon's name in the conversation as one of the world's best goalkeepers for nearly two decades.

He then went on to say his time with the Old Lady will end this weekend in the club's last outing of the 2017/18 campaign, adding that he would also no longer be representing Italy.

"I'm his sister, I love him very much and I'm biased, but I really don't think it's time for goodbye. Now offers have arrived that are exciting on and off the pitch", he said without discussing where he could be headed.

"What am I going to do?" Until a few days ago it was certain that I would stop playing. "I've seen plenty of them down the years, so all that I ask for is your respect and affection towards me on the day".

"For now, I only know that Saturday I will play a game".