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Buffon bids tearful farewell to Juventus after 656 games



Buffon bids tearful farewell to Juventus after 656 games

Juventus’ longest serving goalkeeper, Gianluigi Buffon, bid a tearful farewell to the club after 17 seasons at Turin.

Buffon had on Thursday, announced at a press conference at the Allianz Stadium that he will be leaving Juventus at the end of this season.

The 40-year-old played his last match for them in a 2-1 win over Verona on Saturday.
Juve, who clinched their seventh consecutive Serie A title a week ago, were leading 2-0 when Buffon was substituted.
It was just after the hour in his 656th appearance for the club in all competitions.

The 2006 World Cup winner handed his captain’s armband to midfielder Claudio Marchisio then hugged several team mates and rival players as he left the field in tears to a standing ovation.
He then walked around the perimeter, shaking hands with supporters in the front row.
Buffon was replaced by third-choice goalkeeper Carlo Pinsoglio, who made his first appearance for the club.

He captained the Old Lady to a seventh straight Serie A title and fourth consecutive Italian Cup triumph this season and had kept 300 clean sheets heading into Saturday’s match.

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