Juventus legend Gianluigi Buffon has confirmed that he will leave the club for the second time this summer when his contract expires.
Gianluigi Buffon Will Leave Juventus This Summer
Buffon is Unsure About Whether He Will Continue His Playing Career
The 43-year-old previously left Juve in 2018 to join Paris Saint-Germain. This departure will be different and could lead to the retirement of one of football’s greatest goalkeepers.
Buffon has been limited to just seven Serie A appearances this season, keeping three clean sheets. His replacement after his previous departure, Wojciech Szczesny, resumed his role as the first-choice goalkeeper at the club after Buffon’s return in 2019.
Speaking to Bein Sports, Buffon confirmed the news, saying: “My future is clear and defined. This beautiful and very long experience with Juve will come to a definitive end this year. Either I stop playing, or if I find a situation that motivates me to play or have a different life experience, I will take it into consideration.
“I feel I gave everything for Juve. I have received everything and more than this cannot be done. We have reached the end of a cycle and it’s right for one to remove the disturbance.”
Juventus Have Moved on from the Icon
Despite being a club legend, Buffon handed the first-choice goalkeeping position to Szczesny and the captain’s armband to Giorgio Chiellini by leaving the club three years ago.
Undoubtedly, he has provided excellent cover for Szczesny and has been an exceptional example for young players at the club. His description of himself as a disturbance highlights his excellent attitude again, despite being wrong.
While he has been of huge value to the club in several ways this season, his influence on the pitch has been limited. His departure will not cause headaches for the manager of Juventus next season.
After 26 years of professional football, it is difficult to see where Buffon can go in high-level European football that will give him the game time he will want.