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 By Ben Gladwell

Juventus' Gianluigi Buffon: Next season almost certain to be my last

Gianluigi Buffon is "99.9 percent certain" that next season will be his last as a player, the Juventus and Italy goalkeeper has told Sky Sport 24.

Buffon, 39, intends to retire from international football after next summer's World Cup, but has now said he is set to bring down the curtain on his club career as well.

"I'm 99.9 percent certain of that," he said. "I'm going to have one final, intense season, rich in big moments, and then it will be time to say enough is enough.

"We've just left one small possibility open with the [Juve] president [Andrea Agnelli], and that is if we manage to win the Champions League I will carry on playing one more year to try to win the Club World Cup and other trophies."

Buffon began his career at Parma in 1995 and went on to make 168 appearances for them before joining Juventus in 2001.

He is closing in on 500 Juventus appearances and is Italy's most capped player with 169 appearances since making his debut in 1997.

Buffon has won a joint record eight Serie A titles, four Italian cups, the UEFA Cup and the World Cup, although he has yet to lift the Champions League trophy.

Ben Gladwell reports on Serie A, the Italian national team and the Bundesliga for ESPN FC, UEFA and the Press Association. @UEFAcomBenG.

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