Juventus legend Gianluigi Buffon is “99.9 percent” certain of retiring from professional football next season.

The Italy goalkeeper, who turns 40 next January, helped Juve to a third consecutive domestic double and the Champions League final last term.

Buffon has previously revealed that he will retire from international football after the 2018 World Cup in Russia but it now appears that tournament will be his last in his long and successful career.

“I’m 99.9 percent certain of retirement,” he told Sky Sport.

“I’m going to have one final, intense season, rich in big moments, and then it will be time to say enough is enough.”

The Champions League title slipped through Buffon’s fingers again, leaving the veteran keeper without a winner’s medal still, as Real Madrid defeated his side 4-1 last month in the final.

“We’ve just left one small possibility open with the president [Juventus chief Andrea Agnelli],” Buffon added.

“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 has eight Serie A titles and four Coppa Italia to his name,
along with the 1998-99 UEFA Cup and 2006 World Cup.

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