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Gianlugi Buffon tempted by one managerial job when he retires

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Gianluigi Buffon is a legend of the game and one of the best goalkeeper's of all time, I think we can all agree on that.

The 38-year-old Juventus ace signed a new contract over the summer that will keep him at the club until he is at least 40.

He produced another outstanding performance in his side's Champions League victory over Lyon in the week, saving a penalty and keeping a clean sheet in the 1-0 win.

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But sadly, the Italian is coming to the closing stages of his career and it will now be time for him to start considering potential job prospects when he does finally hang up his gloves.

However, he has already ruled out the possibility of managing a club side, so sorry Juventus fans, but I don't think he is a potential candidate to replace Massimiliano Allegri any time soon.

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Speaking to Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera, Buffon said: "Football has been my world for 32 years. I had the good fortune to be like a worm on the inside, obtaining my knowledge.

"The pitch is the most beautiful part of the game; it gives you emotions which bring meaning to life. So I wouldn't like a role as [a club] coach, with the day-to-day nature of it."

NATIONAL TEAM MANAGER

However, he has not ruled out the chance of becoming national team manager with Italy one day, citing the amount of time he'll have to do other things with his life.

"I wouldn't rule out a role as national coach; you'd still get the emotion of the pitch but with the time and the freedom to devote to other things," he said.

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Despite his age, Buffon is still regarded as one of the best keepers in the world, and is still number one for both club and country.

He is the Azzurri's most capped player of all time with 165 appearances and has been their captain since Fabio Cannavaro retired in 2010.

Buffon has never really had much competition for the role after becoming first choice back in 2000, but it appears that a new kid on the block has arrived just in time to take his thrown.

Gianluigi Donnarumma has become a sensation since making his AC Milan debut at the age of just 16. He has already been called up to Italy's senior national side and is waiting in the wings to replace Buffon when he retires.

The 17-year-old has the potential to be as good, or even better than Buffon, and the veteran himself has named the youngster as 'the chosen one'. 

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It remains to be seen when Buffon does finally leave his playing days behind him, but we can certainly guarantee it'll be a sad day for football when he does.

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