Buffon to quit football at 40

Gianluigi Buffon

Veteran Italian goalkeeper, Gianluigi Buffon, says he will call time on his playing career when he is 40.

Buffon, 38, is considered one of the greatest goalkeepers of all time – winning the 2006 FIFA World Cup, six Serie A tiles and five Supercoppa Italia trophies.

The player who won the UEFA Cup with Parma in 1999 before his world record move to Juventus, revealed he will end his career with the Old Lady’s no matter what he is offered elsewhere.

“After this year, I will play for two more seasons before quitting,” he told So Foot on Thursday. “I do not want to play after 40 years, but I want to get to 40 years.

“Even if I were to be offered twice the salary elsewhere, I would stay at Juve for life. Being part of it makes me proud, because it has a value. And now certain values seem out of fashion.

“I have a wealth of experience, but I do not want to coach. I rather like the role of recruiter. They are ambitious. I would go to nations like the United States or China, which have great potential for a large population.”

Buffon, who is also skipper of the side, is the most capped Italian player in history with 165 appearances.

He has made over 400 appearances for Juventus since joining the Turin giants in 2001.