Gianluigi Buffon discusses retirement

Gianluigi Buffon discusses retirement

- Goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon wants to retire by headbutting someone in his final match

- The 38-year-old was on the pitch when Zidane headbutted Materazzi in the 2006 World Cup final

- The Juve legend is preparing for his 1,000th professional game when Italy play Albania

Gianluigi Buffon has claimed he will end his incredible career by headbutting someone on his final game for the Italian national team.

Gianluigi Buffon discusses retirement

Gianluigi Buffon (photo:

The Juventus shotstopper revealed the inspiration for his decision is current Real Madrid coach Zinedane Zidane.

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Buffon, 39, has a senior career spanning almost 22 years has already played in 167 games for the Italian national team, winning the World Cup in 2006.

​Speaking to Sky Italia ahead of his 1,000th professional game, Buffon said: "How do I imagine my last ever game? Maybe I’ll go out like Zidane, headbutting someone on the pitch!"

Buffon could play his 1000th professional match when Italy face Albania in the World Cup Qualifiers.

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The Juventus number goalie was on the pitch in the 2006 World Cup final when Zidane headbutted Marco Materazzi for an alleged insult on his mother and sisters.

Gianluigi Buffon discusses retirement

Zidane headbutted Materazzi after receiving insults from the Italian defender

Buffon suggests the 2018 World Cup could be his final bow: “Before I think about how I’ll end my career, we need to go to the World Cup in Russia in 2018. Maybe it [my last game] could be at the World Cup. I still have some time to think about it, though.”


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