Buffon to retire from international football after 2018 World Cup

Posted on June 12 2017 , at 07:30 pm
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  • The legendary keeper is going for one last hoorah.

Buffon has made 488 appearances for Juve since he joined the club from Parma in 2001. Photo: Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

Gianluigi Buffon is ‘99.9 percent certain’ to retire from international football after the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

‘I’m 99.9 percent certain of that,’ the Italian national team skipper told Sky Sport 24. ‘I’m going to have one final, intense season, rich in big moments, and then it will be time to say enough is enough.

We’ve just left one small possibility open with the (Juve) president (Andrea Agnelli), and that is if we manage to win the Champions League I will carry on playing one more year to try to win the Club World Cup and other trophies.’

Just two weeks ago, the 39-year-old Juventus goalkeeper and his teammates slumped to a 4-1 defeat to Real Madrid in Champions League final.

Buffon has won eight Serie A titles, four Italian Cups, the UEFA Cup and the World Cup, but is yet to lift the Champions League trophy.

The Italian goalkeeper, regarded as one of the greatest ever, has made 488 appearances for Juve since he joined the club from Parma in 2001.

He also has a record of 169 appearances for his country since his 1997 debut at the age of 19 against Russia, in Moscow.

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