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Gianluigi Buffon farewell to Juventus: Serie A legend's final day in pictures

The ESPN FC panel discuss the timing of Gianluigi Buffon's decision to leave Juventus.
With Gianluigi Buffon confirming he will leave Juve after 17 years, Paul Mariner discusses his legacy and place among the best goalkeepers all-time.

After 17 years and a hatful of trophies, Gianluigi Buffon said goodbye to Juventus on Saturday as the champions beat Verona 2-1.

Buffon, who won nine Serie A titles at Juve after joining from Parma in 2001, is not retiring but in search of a new challenge. 

Here's a look at how his final day with the Old Lady went down ...

The trophy lift

The long goodbye


And that's it ...

After 64 minutes, it was time to say goodbye. With Juventus 2-0 up, Buffon left the pitch to rapturous applause.

Grazie Gigi

The legend

Buffon thanks the fans

Keeping it in the family 

Thumbs up

The final lineup shot

Juve fans show their appreciation

Class is permanent 

17 years with you, Grazie Gigi

An emotional farewell

There's only one No.1 ...

Buffon says goodbye

More tributes ...

Buffon feels the love from his adoring supporters one final time.

Gigi gees up the crowd ... 

Ahead of his final match, Buffon saluted the Juventus fans who cheered him during the warm-up ahead of the clash with Verona. 

And step this way for some more Buffon love, from when he turned 40 earlier this year. And there's a great tribute  to the departing hero from ESPN FC's Juve blogger, Mina Rzouki.

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