Juventus great Buffon 'afraid' of retirement

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Gianluigi Buffon has announced his decision to leave Juventus at the end of the season. Until 15 days ago I was sure to retire.

Many thought the 40-year-old was set to announce his retirement from football but he has sprung a surprise by revealing he is only moving on from the club. "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".

Juve and Italy great Buffon is expected to reveal his future plans on Thursday amid speculation the 40-year-old goalkeeper and 176-cap global will retire.

He said, "Saturday will be my final match for Juventus and to end this journey with two cups and with the president and the entire Bianconeri world by my side, will be very special".

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

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

'Because it is important for athletes like you and me, who have always played at the top, to be doing our best, struggling to be the best, to stay at the top. And when I'm not myself anymore, I'll go. But deep down I feel calm and at peace because I know I'm naturally curious. I'll never get bored or miss being in the public eye.

"The only problem is that my life has been organised for me for 23 years".

"To award such a doubtful, or super doubtful, penalty just ahead of the final whistle and destroy the work of a team who gave absolutely everything you have to have a rubbish bin instead of your heart", he said.

Buffon made his senior debut for Parma in 1995. Gigi is a UNESCO world heritage, and trust me I've played high-level sport.

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