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Juventus goalkeeper Buffon proud to mark departure with Coppa Italia success

Juventus goalkeeper Gigi Buffon is proud to be leaving the club this summer a Coppa Italia winner.

It was a record-equalling sixth time in his career, the first being in 1999 for Parma when his teammate was Enrico Chiesa – father of Wednesday night's matchwinner Federico.

“Finishing like this makes me proud and so happy, as I got to share this victorious Final with my teammates and the fans, providing the icing on the cake," Buffon told RAI Sport.

“The fans, the people of Juve, my teammates and the directors will always be part of my life. The end of this rapport doesn't end that. I think that I gave a great deal of love, professionalism and courage for the whole Juve world. I am proud of that.

“All things must end. I am 43 years old and at this age you have to make choices that might seem unpopular, strange or even crazy, but I got to 43 like this because that little spark of madness allowed me to set no limits and dream in every moment of my life.

“I am happy when I am able to dream and recharge myself with new horizons, new projects and new challenges. I might not win, but that's not what interests me. I never played to get trophies, I played in order to go on journeys, to challenge myself. That is the essence of my existence.

“I still need to challenge myself, to journey and to see where the limits of my body, my energy and my essence are. I already said last week, I don't know what will happen. I could even retire, as I am a happy man, with a family I love.

“However, if there is someone even crazier than me who contacts me and imagines something even more marvellous, I will follow that person, because that's what life is all about."


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