Gianluigi Buffon tipped to announce retirement this week

Buffon leaves Juve, but he may still play on elsewhere

"I'm his sister, I love him very much and I'm biased, but I really don't think it's time for goodbye".

The 40-year-old, who has made a record 176 appearances for Italy, is expected to call time on his playing days at a news conference at the Allianz Stadium in Turin this Thursday, according to BBC Sport.

The former Parma goalkeeper told gathered media that he will make his final Juventus appearance against Hellas Verona on Saturday.

"For now, I only know that Saturday I will play a game. I think that the national team already has some great young players who need to be given a chance".

"I would like to conclude by thanking the Juventus family and the whole club". However, since then, some proposals and exciting challenges have arrived, from off the pitch as well.

"I've told him this so many times, but Gigi is a good guy he just laughs and nearly always replies: "maybe it's better this way".

Buffon retired from the national team in November when Italy lost a World Cup playoff to Sweden but recently returned for friendlies.

That was his 176th cap for Italy - a national record - since his debut against Russian Federation in October 1997.

Buffon said Oliver had "a rubbish bin for a heart" after awarding a controversial late penalty in Juventus' Champions League semi-final defeat to Real Madrid. He won Serie A nine times and the Coppa Italia five times, while he also lifted the UEFA Cup with Parma in 1999.

"Not to mention that in the Champions League, at the Bernabeu, he put in a fantastic performance".

"I'm extremely disappointed because in 23 years, playing in the Champions League, I've never been sent off or disciplined".

"I'm going to play a match on Saturday and this is the only thing that's certain. Until the end, despite being 40, I performed above my standards". "Two days later, I would maybe have hugged him and apologised, but not changed what I said, although maybe I would have been calmer". Buffon is widely regarded as one of the best goalkeepers of all time.

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