Gianluigi Buffon: Juventus profession ends with win over Verona
Gianluigi Buffon ended his 17-year Juventus profession as they topped a seventh straight Italian title with a 2-1 win over relegated Verona.
The 40-year-old keeper was substituted simply after the hour, and was in tears as he embraced his team-mates whereas the group gave him a standing ovation.
He did a lap of honour whereas the match continued in Turin, accepting presents and congratulations from followers.
Daniele Rugani and Miralem Pjanic scored for Juve in a cushty win.
Alessio Cerci pulled a objective again after Buffon had been changed by Carlo Pinsoglio, however Verona not often threatened to spoil the send-off on the Allianz Stadium.
Swiss defender Stephan Lichtsteiner – additionally enjoying his remaining sport for Juventus – may have elevated the benefit, however his late penalty was excellently saved by Nicolas Andrade.
Buffon, who’s contemplating affords for brand spanking new roles each on and off the pitch, was cheered each time he touched of the ball by the house supporters – and for lengthy durations when he was nowhere close to it.
Earlier than kick-off, the Italian was greeted onto the pitch with a banner bearing his face. He then mingled with followers, accepting congratulations and presents from the Curva Sud.
His team-mates wore the hashtag #un1co on their sleeves, pointing to the social media tributes which have flowed since he confirmed the end of his Juventus career on Thursday.
Buffon’s one second of concern got here when Douglas Costa’s unfastened cross let Ryder Matos in on objective.
The goalkeeper rushed out and appeared to collide with the Brazilian because the ball was touched past him – however referee Ricardo Pinzani determined in opposition to awarding a penalty or reviewing the incident through the video assistant referee.
Buffon joined Juventus for a world file 52m euros charge (then £32.6m) for a goalkeeper from Parma in 2001.
His newest success takes his tally of Serie A titles to 9. He additionally has one from Italy’s second tier after he remained with the Turin aspect within the wake of their enforced relegation over the match-fixing scandal of 2006.
The earlier finest was eight gained by Giovanni Ferrari with Juventus, Inter Milan and Bologna between 1930 and 1941.
Buffon is rumoured to have been provided a enjoying cope with French champions Paris St-Germain, in addition to an off-field function with Juventus.