PHOTOS: Buffon calls time on his 17 years union with Juve

Serie A By: Ambrose Udeme | 20/05/2018

Italy and Juventus legend Gianluigi Buffon on Saturday called time on his 17-year Juventus career after leading the Ol Lady to her seventh straight Italian title with a 2-1 win over relegated Verona.

Buffon who was substituted just after the hour mark was reduced to tears as he embraced his team-mates while the crowd gave him a standing ovation. Rumours have it that the legendary goalkeeper has been offered a playing deal with French champions Paris St-Germain, as well as an off-field role with Juventus.

He did a lap of honour while the match continued in Turin, accepting gifts and congratulations from fans.

Goals from Daniele Rugani and Miralem Pjanic gave Juve comfortable win with Alessio Cerci netting the Verona's only goal after Buffon had been taken off for Carlo Pinsoglio.

Before kick-off, the Italian was greeted onto the pitch with a banner bearing his face. He then mingled with fans, accepting congratulations and gifts from the Curva Sud.

His team-mates wore the hashtag #un1co on their sleeves, pointing to the social media tributes that have flowed since he confirmed the end of his Juventus career on Thursday.

Buffon joined Juventus for a world record 52m euros fee (then £32.6m) for a goalkeeper from Parma in 2001 and his latest league success takes his tally of Serie A titles to nine. He also has one from Italy's second tier after he remained with the Turin side in the wake of their enforced relegation over the match-fixing scandal of 2006.

The previous best was eight won by Giovanni Ferrari with Juventus, Inter Milan and Bologna between 1930 and 1941.
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