Italy's Buffon to play last game for Juventus on Saturday

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Buffon set the world transfer record for a goalkeeper when swapping Parma for Juventus for £32.6m in 2001. "With [president] Andrea [Agnelli], we are talking all the time and he knows all that is going on in my life, and in fact he's an advisor I don't want to go without".

"Saturday will be my last match with Juventus and I do believe it will be the most handsome thing to end my adventure this way", he said.

"Up to 15 days ago my retirement seemed obvious, but some days ago I received some interesting offers in and out of the pitch and the most important of this second group was made by President Agnelli". It was certainly a special situation and a few days later, I said that Buffon, with the emotion of that night, should not say what he did.

"My fear was to end my spell at Juventus as a "finished" player".

"I would like to conclude by thanking the Juventus family and the whole club".

"Two days later, of course I was sorry to have, let's say, offended the referee, because at the end of the day the referee is a human who has a hard job".

This summer's World Cup in Russian Federation would have been his sixth appearance at the finals, but Italy missed out on qualification after a play-off defeat to Sweden.

Wojciech Szczesny, the former Arsenal keeper, will become Juve's No.1. "Buffon is a selfless person, timid, loyal, sincere, honest, he is a friend, a captain", Agnelli said. "It was a year of weariness. I don't want to end up playing in lower leagues". It's something that I'd need to think long and hard about. He had the desire to go to the World Cup in his mind but instead there was the Italy-Sweden playoff game, which Italy lost.

Buffon said Oliver had "a rubbish bin for a heart" after awarding a controversial late penalty in Juventus' Champions League semi-final defeat to Real Madrid. "But he won the Italian Cup and the seventh Scudetto in a row".

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