Gianluigi Buffon's comments on Michael Oliver during Juventus exit announcement

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Gianluigi Buffon's time at Juventus has finally come to an end.

After 17 years at the Italian giants, the goalkeeping Goliath will bid farewell after one of the greatest careers any shot-stopper has ever had at a single club.

The Italian legend has won Serie A nine times - with two other being stripped from him during the 2006 scandal - while also winning the Coppa Italia on five occasions.

He was also instrumental in Italy's 2006 World Cup win during his time in Turin, with the Champions League the only domestic trophy eluding him during his career.

His final act in the competition for Juve will be infamously remembered for decades, with Buffon shown a red card by referee Michael Oliver for his persistent protesting of a late Real Madrid penalty.

In the aftermath, Buffon's attack on the English official was simply disgraceful, with his glowing reputation being questioned by the footballing world.

The Italian appeared to show no remorse for his actions, but in his goodbye press conference in Turin, he finally made amends for his actions.

He said: “It’s fair if I’ll be sanctioned for what happened after Real Madrid-Juventus. Obviously I went over the edge.

"If I would have met the ref (Oliver) two days later, I would have apologised and hugged him. Still didn’t know why though I got red card."


Took him long enough.

Despite finally apologising, Buffon still failed to understand why he was given his marching orders in the Bernabeu when the rest of the world could clearly see why.

As such, the reaction on Twitter was a tad mixed.


There are many ways to look at it, but at least there is some level of acceptance from Buffon now.

With regards to his future, the 40-year-old provided some very interesting quotes on rumoured interest from the Premier League

He said: "I said that I received a few proposals, very interesting ones, both for on the field & off it... I'd want to challenge for big honours because that's what I live for and in a way it's my limitation too."

Club challenging for big honours; Liverpool? Stranger things have certainly happened down the years...

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