Gianluigi Buffon, also called Gigi, has announced he will quit playing for his club at the end of the season. Per Juventus goalkeeper Buffon, ‘We have reached the end of a cycle.’
After a year with Paris Saint-Germain, the 43-year-old goalkeeper returned to Turin in July 2019.
Now however, his deal with the Old Lady expires in June, and Gigi believes it’s time to move on.
Buffon has kept three clean sheets in seven Serie A games this season.
The World Cup winner helped the Bianconeri reach the Coppa Italia Final on May 19. This final will now coincidentally be Gigi’s final match with the club.
Otherwise, Juventus, fifth-placed in Serie A, are fighting for a spot in the Champions League.
“We lacked continuity,” Buffon told beIN Sports, about this season’s performance of Juve, one point behind fourth-placed Napoli.
“In the end, in the games, we played against the top five, six teams, we often won. We drew sometimes and lost some,” he continued.
“But it has always been even games. Instead, we lost stupid points against the lesser teams. This means you are a team that has yet to grow in character.”
The veteran shot-stopper said the team’s overall poor performance did not help Cristiano Ronaldo’s individual performance as well, this term.
“I have an excellent relationship with Ronaldo,” Buffon said about his Juventus teammate. “He’s very nice to me.”
“He has scored a lot of goals, always. Like in the last few years,” he said.
However, he went on to observe: “The individual is enhanced when the team reaches important goals. If this doesn’t happen, the performances of the individuals suffer as well.”
On Retiring from Playing
He then confirmed he will leave Juventus after the current season.
“My future is clear and defined. This beautiful and very long experience with Juve will come to a definitive end this year,” Buffon revealed.
Just back in April, we reported that Buffon had launched a special academy to train youngsters in goalkeeping skills.
Then, we revealed that he might retire in 2023 and focus on sharing his extensive goalkeeping knowledge via this academy.
So, has this prediction come true? Is Gigi finally retiring from his playing career?
Well, per Gigi, not exactly: “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,” he added. “I have received everything and more than this cannot be done.”
According to Buffon, “We have reached the end of a cycle and it’s right for one to remove the disturbance.”