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.
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.