Gigi Buffon Bid Reportedly Submitted After Juventus Exit

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Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon announced on Thursday that he will be leaving the Italian football club after 17 years, a long career that has seen him become one of the world's most recognizable faces in the sport.

Buffon will bring his Juve career to an end this weekend with a Serie A match against Verona at the Allianz Stadium, where he will receive the adulation of the Bianconeri crowd for one final occasion.

Gianluigi Buffon has apologised to Michael Oliver for raging at the English referee during and after Juventus' dramatic Champions League exit to Real Madrid earlier this season.

These comments arrive just hours after reports suggested that the Reds were interested in bringing the Juventus legend to Anfield.

In post-match interviews, the 40-year-old Italian great continued his abuse of Oliver and questioned his ability as a referee as well his lack of heart and compassion.

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What else was said by Buffon in his farewell press conference?

"The most exciting proposal for my career off the pitch has come from the president". It was a particular situation and a few days later I confessed the Buffon of that day, with the sentiments and feelings of that night, couldn't help but say those things.

"On Saturday I will play a game and that is the only certainty I have". It's a way of seeing what you're made of and I have never been afraid of a challenge. And while Juventus are celebrating their seventh straight Serie A title, Buffon is thinking about the future.

The Italian World Cup victor has made over 650 appearances for the Bianconeri, winning 11 Serie A titles and 4 Coppas Italia.

Named captain of the national team in 2011, Buffon is the most capped Italian global with 176 worldwide appearances, and the fourth-most capped footballer of all time. His farewell at worldwide level might come on June 4, when Italy hosts a friendly against the Netherlands in Turin.

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